The Speaker of Emfuleni Local Municipality, Mme Cllr Maipato Tsokolibane took to the stage to address the Maxeke secondary school learners to encourage all the first time voters who are 18 years of age and above to go and register.
The vote registration for the municipal local government elections takes place on the 5th& 6th March 2016 declared as the voter registration weekend by the Independent Electoral Commission.
All the voting stations will be open from 08h00 to 17h00 just come with your green bar coded ID Book or smart card to register and check if your name is till on voters roll.
Mamosola Mofokeng of Home Affairs emphasized to the learners of Maxeke about the importance of having an Identification book (ID).
A valid South African ID allows you to register for your grade12/ matric final examination, apply for bursaries, access the government services, and driver’s license and you also need a valid ID when looking for employment explained Mofokeng.
In order to apply for an ID book you need to be 16 years of age, bring your birth certificate, your parents IDs for all first time applicants.
The service is free of charge at any offices of the home affairs to get your smart Cards.
We know that here at this school we have learners coming from Lesotho, for them there is a special permit. For the Lesotho nationals you don’t need to register for a South African ID Book but you must apply for Lesotho special permit
To apply for Lesotho special permit you need to have a valid Lesotho passport and go to any of the home affairs offices having a confirmation letter from your school the registration started as from the 1st of March 2016.
This applies only to all Basotho foreigner nationals working and studying in the republic of South Africa concluded Mofokeng.
By: Hilda Mohlominyane