PARENTS TO REGISTER NEWBORN WITHIN 30 DAYS
By: Sthabiso Mdledle
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has urged parents to register the birth of their children within 30 days of giving birth.
The minister was speaking at the Birth Registration Indaba in Durban earlier this week.
According to Home Affairs a birth certificate is free within the first 30 days.
“From the 1st January 2016, registering births after 30 days will be more costly, and more onerous. Make it easy for yourself. Register your child’s birth immediately, before leaving
the hospital, or within 30 days at a Home Affairs office,” said Minister Gigaba.
He said that the fee is to discourage people from being unnecessarily negligent and to contribute to the costs associated with the additional checks and verification, which will be
According to Gigaba, parents are also encouraged to apply for birth certificates online at health facilities across the country.
“We now have online birth registration at 389 health facilities in the country, and we are encouraging our people to utilize them,” the Minister said.
This call has brought serious thoughts to parents like Thobile Mngoma (27) from uMzinto whose child’s birth certificate was stolen and could not get social grant.
“I lost my son’s birth certificate. However, I am now relieved that the certificates will have both parents names which will make it hard for people to steal them,” added Mngoma.
According to the Presidency, in 2010 President Jacob Zuma signed the Birth and Death Registration Amendment Act into law.
Home Affairs started issuing unabridged certificates for new born babies from 4 March 2013 on the spot and at no cost.
According to the department, the complete certificate is more secure and reliable with added information as it contains particulars of both parents.
Where possible, their ID numbers will be included and therefore supports the drive to secure the National Population Register so that all people in the country feel safe.