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GPW wins Regional ID Document of the Year Award 2013

Reconnaissance International, organisers of the Asian, Middle East and African Security Printing Conference in Bangkok, are delighted to announce the recipients of two new regional awards, which were presented at a special ceremony during the most recent conference, on October 8.

The Regional Banknote of the year Award 2013 went to the Reserve Bank of Fiji for its new Flora and Fauna banknotes series, and the Regional ID Document of the Year Award 2013 was made to the Government Printing Works of South Africa for the new South African smart ID card.
The Regional ID Document of The Year aims to promote the best in security printing, system infrastructure and implementation of a government passport, identity or other security card scheme.
The new South African national identity card, the public roll-out of which began in October this year, is not only regarded as state-of-the-art, security technology that will raise the level of identity management in South Africa, but also as a restorer of common citizenship to a nation that was, not so long ago, racially divided by ID documents from the apartheid-era. The new card, which is made from a one-piece polycarbonate substrate, carries laser-engraved variable data, two kinds of optical security, luminescence, a second photo on the back, an embedded microchip, and two bar codes (one of which is for voting purposes). The card is also seen as a major step towards cleaning up a national population register that harbours thousands of duplicate ID numbers. The award was received by Professor Anthony Mbewu, CEO of Government Printing Works.


Note to Editors: Reconnaissance International is the leading global source of technical and business intelligence for secure documents, personal identification, authentication and anti-counterfeiting, tax stamps and currency. Its activities cover the production of five industry-specific monthly newsletters, conference and seminars, selected directories and industry reports, as well as strategic consulting for governments and businesses.