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    ​Does the GPW print South Africa’s voters’ roll?

    ​Yes it does. The GPW also does a page-by-page quality check on each voters’ roll that it prints.

    ​What is the GPW’s involvement in government gazettes and legal notices?

    ​The GPW is the custodian of a host of government publications: tender bulletins, regulation gazettes, provincial gazettes national gazettes and legal notices. The Government Gazette business unit of the GPW compiles, edits and typesets the publications before printing and disseminating them in hard copy and publishing them electronically. As publisher and editor of these official communication tools to the general public, the GPW is accountable for their content. See Gazette Services for more information.

    ​I am interested in the services of the GPW, whom can I contact?

    The GPW offers consulting services, such as:
    • Designing the document around the customers’ specifications.
    • Advising on raw materials and best practices printing.
    • Advising on security production processes.
    • Recommending printing methods and paper.
    • Educating the client about the selection of security features on offer to protect documents from fraudulent attack.

    For Government Services, please contact Nathie Dlamini, at email nathie.dlamini@gpw.gov.za

    ​What is the market like for security printing?

    ​The market for security printed matter is on the increase. This growth is mainly driven by the need for modern security documents, including documents that incorporate biometric features. Today, the GPW is well positioned to take advantage of this growth and with its new security printing facility it has the capacity to expand its business in order to become one of the leading security printing services provider on the African continent.

    Additionally, the rapid innovations occurring in the security printing industry create the right environment for the GPW to be a meaningful contributor to both the social and economic landscape in South Africa. With growth come skills attraction, retention and development as well as profits for future developments.
    This investment will further increase its competitive edge and allow the opportunity of providing a fully functional African security printing press to all SADC regions, much of which is currently outsourced to printers in Europe.
    That is, whether it is South African passports, Malawian examination papers, Mozambican vehicle registration certificates or Tanzanian ballot papers – to name but a few – the GPW has the technology, materials and solutions to deliver these – securely and in accordance with international best practice.
    Besides security printing, does the GPW also offer “normal” printing services?
    Yes, it does; however, these services are only available to government departments and institutes, and not to the general public.
    The GPW has the capacity to provide all three disciplines related to the manufacturing of printed matter. That is: origination (typesetting, layout and design), printing (offset, continuous and digital printing), and finishing (such as folding forms, binding books and foil blocking), as well as related specialised services.

    ​How modern is the GPW’s equipment?

    ​The GPW has the most modern laser imaging technology in the world. This technology is used for, amongst others, the production of laser perforations in paper-based documents and personalisation of passports and identification cards.

    The GPW is also in the midst of an asset replacement programme with the objective to replace all of its legacy systems with the most advanced products and software by 2014. Substantial progress in this regard has resulted in the institution presently operating one of the most advanced passport manufacturing facilities in the world.

    A significant investment was also made in developing the GPW’s Security Printing Division’s new facility, which resembles a laboratory more than the traditional printing factory. It is located within a highly secured environment, and the internal security measures are also supported and safeguarded by external security factors. The modern facility prides itself on its new multi-unit web press and sheet-fed press, both with the capacity to produce advanced feature rainbow printing technology and enables the use of various high security inks in order to protect documents against forgery.

    ​What is “document security”?

    ​Document security features generally function on three levels. First level security consists of elements such as watermarks and tactile features, which can be readily verified with the naked eye under natural light. Second level features consist of hidden elements such as invisible ink and micro-printed text, which can be verified only with the use of elementary tools. The most intricate, however, is the third level of security, which consists of covert elements such as infrared detectable inks, which can be verified only with the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment.

    ​Is it a South African government department?

    ​No, the GPW is a government component. That is, it is operationally autonomous from its principal department (Department of Home Affairs), but linked to it for policy purposes.

    What is the Government Printing Works?

    ​The Government Printing Works (GPW) is a South African security printing specialist that deals with the printing of passports, visas, birth certificates, smart card identification documents and examination materials, as well as government stationery and publications, such as tender bulletins and government gazettes.