Register baby in 30 days

2016-03-02 06:00

EVERY child has the right to education, health and a unique identity.

However, in order for a child to enjoy these rights, the responsibility is on their parents to ensure that they register their child’s birth with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) within 30 days of the birth.

Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) trusted baby brand, Pampers, is partnering with the DHA to educate parents about why it is important to register their child within 30 days of birth.

“Having a birth certificate is vital to being a citizen of South Africa, at all stages of an individual’s life,” explains Khululiwe Mabaso, P&G’s communication associate director for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

“For example, these documents are needed to register a child at school, to apply for government grants, to obtain an identity document, to open a bank account and to secure formal employment.

“Without a birth certificate, it is extremely difficult to thrive as a South African.”

Mabaso continues: “Like the DHA, Pampers is concerned about children’s rights and ensuring they are given access to a bright future. If we can help to educate parents about this important 30-day birth registration law using our familiar, well-respected brand, then we are happy to do so.”

According to the new law, parents have to register their child at the closest DHA office within 30 days of their birth. This is free of charge. However, if the registration is late, parents will have to pay penalties.

The DHA has opened offices in some hospitals and health facilities throughout the country to help parents register their child’s birth immediately. Parents who are unsure should speak to the clinic or hospital staff for advice.

  • Registering your child’s birth enables them to access their rights to: education and health;) family environment; and) protection against human trafficking and kidnapping.

“A birth certificate is a vital element of being able to lead the best life you can, which is why Pamper supports this cause,” concludes Mabaso.

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