As the Department of Home Affairs and IT giant GijimaAst battle if out over the validity of a R4-billion contract, the South African Revenue Services (SARS) has stepped into the breach and delivered an electronic system to implement a movement control system for the World Cup.
Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Nokosazana Dlamini Zuma says that SARS and other relevant departments have worked together to implement an enhanced Movement Control System to facilitate the secure movement of people in and out of the country in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
"The system is being piloted at OR Tambo International Airport, and will be rolling out to 34 priority ports of entry before the World Cup, notwithstanding the changing of the service provider," she says.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Department informed service provider GijimaAst that the contract it held to develop the R4-billion "Who am I online" system was considered invalid.
GijomaAst has signalled that it believes the contract to be valid and will fight for its right to continue with it.
The Department of Home Affiars has also instituted an event visa that will facilitate the movement of spectators and visitors from around the world.
"All spectators in possession of a FIFA match ticket are eligible to apply for the event visa, free of charge, following the normal procedures at South African diplomatic missions abroad," she told Parliament this week.
An advanced passenger processing sytems has also been implemented for airlines flying into South Africa.
"This system enables the screening of passengers before they depart for South Africa. The training of Airline Liaison Officers has recently been completed and will be deployed from the beginning of May to assist airlines to verify travel documents and personal particulars presented by travellers in the country of departure," Dr Dlamini Zuma says.
"There will be dedicated Express Lanes at select international airports and co-located border posts with neighbouring countries. A 24-hour operational centre in Pretoria has been established to provide statistical information for operational planning and incident reporting in liaison with security agencies."