Parents must register babies within 30 days of birth

By admin
17 July 2014

From the first of January 2016 parents will have only 30 days to register newborns. If you fail to do so you run the risk your child won’t be recognised as a South African citizen.

From the first of January 2016 parents will have only 30 days to register newborns. If you fail to do so you run the risk your child won’t be recognised as a South African citizen.

Malusi Gigana, Home Affairs minister, announced this week that his department intends to stop all late registration of births by the end of December 2015.

If parents miss the 30-day deadline, unregistered children won’t be able to obtain vital documents such as birth certificates and identity documents. All citizens require these documents to access public services.

In order to register a birth, a parent or any other adult legally responsible for the child must complete Form BI-24 and submit it to the nearest office of the department of home affairs.

An abridged birth certificate is then issued free of charge.

-Shané Barnard

Sources: news24.com, dha.gov.za

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