Home Affairs’ New Digitisation Project Underway

For its endeavor to digitize civil records, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has received over 85 000 applications and will soon interview individuals.

In an effort to hire 10,000 unemployed young graduates to digitize paper records, the DHA and the Department of Employment and Labour advertised job openings.

The agency states that jobless young should possess credentials in information technology or document, information, and records management from higher education institutions such universities, universities of technologies, and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Stipends for successful young people range from R5 000 for entry-level jobs to R9 500 for technical support jobs and R14 250 for manager-level jobs. A three-year contract relating to the scope of the project will be required of this group.

Tloane stated that the department was completing the steps leading to the interviews and placements.

She added that 7 523 of the 7 739 inquiries her department received about the digitizing project had gotten a response.

She emphasized, “In the promotion of equity, I am concerned that we are getting few applicants who have disabilities.

Successful candidates will go through suitability checks that include verification of their citizenship, credit, criminal history, and qualifications.

How to use

Prospective applicants who match the requirements may register on the ESSA recruitment platform found on the department’s website at www.labour.gov.za; those without access to the internet should go to their local Labor Center.

Candidates can apply for these vacancies online without going to the labor centers if they are already registered with ESSA.


The department reports that 23 374 of the 85 820 applications received qualified for evaluation and interview.

President Cyril Ramaphosa originally unveiled the new digitalization initiative as part of his Presidential Employment Stimulus in February 2022 during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) (PES).

During SONA, the President said that “the Department of Home Affairs will recruit 10,000 unemployed young graduates for the digitisation of its civic paper records, boosting their abilities and contributing to the modernizing of citizens services.”

The Employment Services of South Africa, the DHA’s online recruitment platform, has been used in partnership with the Department of Employment and Labor (ESSA).

In order to filter, confirm, and make sure that qualified candidates are shortlisted before interviews, which are anticipated to start shortly, a number of teams at Labour Centres and provincial offices are working diligently, according to Esther Tloane, the Chief Director for Employer Services.

Home Affairs Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi stated that the government holds more than 350 million paper civic documents pertaining to births, marriages, deaths, and modifications when he announced the recruitment drive on August 11.

The department stated on Tuesday that “the category of records stretch back to 1895, necessitating care and reliable systems that will bear tolerance for the digitisation reasons.”

The majority of these records are found in Gauteng, the North West, and the Western Cape, but they are present in all provinces.

The project is anticipated to last three years, from November 2022 to October 2025.

The department has announced that the hiring process will be separated into three stages:

Phase one: The initial intake of 2000 unemployed young graduates is recruited. This cohort will start working on November 1st, 2022.

Recruitment of 4,000 unemployed young graduates is the second phase. This group will start working in January 2023.

Phase three involves hiring 4,000 unemployed recent grads. This group will start working in April 2023.

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