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Transport minister Fikile Mbalula
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Backlog of license renewals in Gauteng: Mbalula lists seven interventions

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula addressed the issue of license renewal backlogs. He also apologised to those it has inconvenienced.

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Transport minister Fikile Mbalula
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On Thursday 12 November Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula made an unannounced visit to a Driving Licensing Testing Centre (DLTC) in Hammanskraal. He said there are backlogs of license renewals in centers in the Gauteng province due to a number of reasons. 

Mbalula said the public continues to experience challenges in booking slots for their renewals. 


Mbalula went on to list interventions and solutions to the problem plaguing the Gauteng province. 

He said the following would be done to improve the current situation; 

  • 70% of capacity (human resource and equipment) at the DLTC’s will be dedicated to the renewal of driving license cards; 
  • 70% of slots on the online booking system will be dedicated to expired driving license cards; 
  • Two satellite centres will be opened at the RTMC offices in Centurion and Midrand; 
  • A task team has been established to advise the Gauteng Department of Transport on the procurement of mobile centres; 
  • Extended operational hours will be introduced and all centres will open from Monday to Sunday with effect from next week; 
  • All DLTC’s falling under the Tshwane Metro will open for operation from 6:00 starting from December; and
  • An operations centre will be opened to monitor operations at DLTC’s and evaluate the availability of booking slots. It will start on Monday next week. 


Mbalula, during his speech, said he apologises profusely because some people are getting arrested on the roads because their licenses have expired. 

“I apologize to South Africans who have been inconvenienced by the backlog in the system for renewals,” he said. 

“I’m going to consider the validity extension with my team from a policy point of view whether that can actually happen. I’ll further make pronouncement on that in the next coming week,” he added. 

Mbalula, in an interview with eNCA, also touched on corruption. According to the broadcaster, there have been complaints by disgruntled motorists that some officials are receiving bribes.  

“Contributing factors to these challenges we’ve got is that DLTC managers are colluding with runners to release slots at an exact time,” he said. 

“They collude with them in terms of the mismanagement that we see in these particular sectors. This is corruption and we are going to deal with it decisively and we are going to eradicate it and that is what is important,” he added.