Welfare: ‘Home affairs bungling keeps kids from getting grants’

2008-04-11 00:00

Cape Town — Research conducted by an alliance of more than 1 200 children’s sector organisations has identified numerous barriers emanating from the department of Home Affairs to accessing crucial documents for children and their caregivers.

The Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security (Acess) has called on the department’s Turnaround Strategy to study the research to ensure that the special needs of poor children and those who care for them are considered in the department’s reform process.

The study, Rapid Appraisal of Home Affairs Policy and Practice Affecting Children in South Africa, details barriers such as fraud, corruption and client extortion as key problems to be addressed, as well as insufficient and inaccessible service points, poor client care and communication and inconsistencies in requirements for obtaining documents. Numerous cases of delays and inefficiencies in processing applications were also identified.

The report has recommended, among other things, a review of the requirements for proof of birth and maternal identity for birth registration, particularly given the high rates of maternal orphaning. It also recommends strengthened early birth registration services at hospitals, clinics, mobile units and schools.

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