The government has contracted through Private Public Partnerships a company to clear the national passport backlog by January 2022.
As the country pursues a target to clear a backlog for passports, Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli Ncube said the beginning of next year will herald a new era.
“We have contracted a company to do the work. This is very important and the work must be completed soon. We have also instructed the company that the government is working to roll out the e-passport.”
The government’s decision to contract a private company is a welcome development for many applicants who have been waiting for their travel documents for many months.
The government blames the passport backlog situation on the COVID -19 pandemic which they said stifled operations at the registrars generals office.