Act on birth registration - DA

2013-10-28 18:28
Naledi Pandor (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor must act to ensure the fast and efficient electronic registration of births, the DA said on Monday.

"We will... write to Minister Pandor requesting that she explore alternative and innovative solutions... to ensure that all hospitals are online," DA MP Manny de Freitas said in a statement.

His call follows a written reply to a parliamentary question in which Pandor reveals that of her department's 353 health facilities currently online, 111 of them "have infrastructure or IT-related problems".

According to her reply, the main reason for the IT problems is a "lack of connectivity" resulting from weak infrastructure and insufficient bandwidth.

De Freitas suggested the department enter into partnership with private data service providers.

"Online birth registration facilities play a crucial role in ensuring that birth registrations take place as soon as possible."

It also saved poor rural citizens the cost of having to travel long distances to home affairs offices to register births.

"The implementation of online registration facilities was launched in March this year to ensure the National Population Registry's integrity and eradicate identity theft, child trafficking and late birth registration at adult stage.

"Speedy birth registrations ensure access to crucial services. The department of home affairs must deliver," he said.

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