New rules from Home Affairs on Unabridged Birth Certificates

As we approach the festive season, many South Africans might be hosting family and friends from other countries. The home affairs department confirmed in a statement that the home affairs minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has signed the waiver that allows foreign children to enter South Africa without unabridged birth certificates.

Foreign children can now enter the country without carrying additional supporting documents such as birth certificates and consent letters. The waiver has been in place since 8 November 2019.

According to the department, the adjustments have been communicated to immigration officials at ports of entry and to the airline and maritime industries.

However, South African children and unaccompanied foreign children, must still provide supporting documents and travel with an unabridged birth certificate. 

“Foreign children who require a visa for South Africa do not need to carry the supporting documents for inspection at a port of entry since these would be processed together with their visa applications.”

Meanwhile, in a statement, the tourism department has “welcomed the scrapping of unabridged birth certificates, a positive development ahead of the festive season as this could spurn much needed growth in the Tourism sector”. 

The tourism minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, declared that the removal of the requirement for unabridged birth certificates “is a win for tourism and an upside for industry and travellers alike as this has been a real concern raised throughout my engagements with various stakeholders. This announcement couldn’t have come at a better time than now as we approach the festive season”.

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South African Journal of Labour Relations

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  • A third example is the article titled Dismissed Employee Challenges Dismissal – labour law by Brian van Zyl, published in HR Future, Volume 2018 Number 3, March 2018 on p. 40 to 45. The author argues that a dismissed worker has the right to challenge the employment termination if the employer has failed to keep to the contractual obligations as an alternative or in addition to any claim that such dismissal also constitutes an unfair dismissal in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

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Article 19

This bi-annual publication covers issues related to corporal punishment as a form of disciplining children. It investigates alternative methods of disciplining in favour of the abolition of corporal punishment. The focus is on positive forms of discipline. The journal is published by the Children’s Rights Project at the Community Law Centre and is relevant to the South African context. Note that the journal is no longer active, but we provide access to the full-text articles published in it from Vol 1 Issue 1 June 2005 to Vol 5 Issue 2 Dec 2009.

Business Tax and Company Law Quarterly

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African Human Rights Law Journal

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De Jure

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Journal of Estate Planning Law

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Law, Democracy, & Development

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The Faculty of Law at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is a DHET accredited journal that contains discussions on topical issues. Our collection includes everything from Volume 26 Issue 1 2005 to the current issues. It is well-worth accessing online if you are conducting legal research relevant to the South African context.

South African Journal of Bioethics and Law

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Marriages in South Africa on the table

The home affairs department wants to submit a new Marriage Policy to cabinet for approval by March 2021.

The department confirmed this in a statement following consultation with gender and human rights interest groups on the development of a new Marriage Policy for South Africa last week.

The department added that the envisaged Marriage Policy will be drawn up after extensive public consultations.

In a speech delivered at the meeting, the minister of home affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that the department was “starting a process to modernise our marriages laws to ensure that they adhere to the principles of the Constitution, which enjoins us to ensure that the State does not unfairly discriminate against any citizen”.

Currently, marriage in South Africa is governed by three laws, namely, the Marriage Act 25 of 1961 (monogamous marriage for opposite sex couples); the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998 (polygamous marriages for opposite sex couples); and the Civil Unions Act 17 of 2006 (monogamous partnerships for both same and opposite sex couples).

The minister holds the view that the acts still discriminate against some citizens as “current legislation does not cater for some religious marriages such as the Hindu and the Muslim and certain customary marriages among African communities”.

The plan is to draft a new, single marriage Act that will allow South Africans of different sexual orientation, religious and cultural persuasions to conclude legal marriages that will accord with the Constitutional principle of equality.

According to the department, other scheduled meetings with stakeholders include:

  • religious leaders on 26 September 2019;
  • traditional leaders on 4 October 2019;
  • CONTRALESA on 17 October 2019; and
  • government departments on 01 November 2019.
  • Following conclusion of the sectoral engagements, a Colloquium will be held to “process the inputs received and based on the inputs, craft key questions which the policy should answer”.


    South Africans will celebrate National braai day on 24 September. This day stems from the national public holiday – Heritage Day. “Braai-ing” is a unique national pastime. It aims to unite all South Africans. 

    So, what goes into having the perfect braai day. Sabinet’s got you covered. Last year we brought you legislation into what the minimum legal requirements are for Boerewors. The next thing is having the perfect braai. Legislation proposes certain regulations on open fires. 

    South Africa has two fire seasons according to our rainfall patterns: the dry summer months in the Western Cape and the dry winter months in the rest of the country. Often wildfires are started by lightning or, in mountainous regions, by falling rocks. Most, however, are started by accident by people being careless with open flames and indifferent to the consequences of their carelessness.

    The Fire Danger Rating System in terms of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act (1998) has been published for general information.

    The national system has been designed to apply to 42 distinct regions with different fire conditions and uses a fire danger model which includes data relating to the region’s flammable fuel structure and condition as well as daily regional weather forecasts.

    The fire danger model is then used to calculate a daily fire danger index using indices of danger from blue to red.

    The five categories of fire danger in the rating system and required restrictions include the following:

    • Blue – low fire danger; no precautions required.
    • Green – low fire danger; prescribed burns may be allowed. 
    • Yellow – moderate fire danger; no fires allowed in the open air except those that are authorised by the chief fire officer of the local fire service and those in designated fireplaces; authorised fires may include prescribed burns. 
    • Orange – high fire danger; no fires may be allowed under any circumstances in the open air. 
    • Red – extreme fire danger; no fires may be allowed under any circumstances in the open air and special emergency fire preparedness measures must be invoked.

    The notice announcing the rating system, No. 1099, was published in Gazette 37014 on 15 November 2013 and replaces notice 1054 published in Gazette 27735 in 2005.

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