We asked our Facebook friends who struggled to obtain their kids’ unabridged birth certificate and also heard from those who didn’t.
We applied for the certificates in Sasolburg and got them within two weeks. It was quick and painless. The same thing happened with our passports. My experience is that the smaller offices can respond quicker to applications than the larger centres – probably because there’s less information to process.
My wife got hers in five minutes while my sister-in-law had to wait for eight months.
Johan du Toit
We waited about a year for our child’s unabridged certificate.
Rina Bothma Pieters
The process for my youngest’s went very quickly and we got in within two weeks. For my eldest it was a much slower process and eventually we had to obtain a special letter to say that we applied for it in time. The day we arrived at the border we got an SMS to say that we could collect the certificate.
Vicky Nel-Van Zyl
We waited for six months. Three days before we were supposed to leave, I burst into tears in a bigwig’s office. My performance was fantastic – I was able to pick up the certificate the next day.
Jana van Huyssteen
We had no problems. One of the kids’ certificate wasn’t ready, but Home Affairs supplied us with a letter to get us through the border post.
Jacques and Gerranda Möller
We applied in March this year and we still haven’t received it. Apparently the Pretoria office is way behind with applications.
We got our son’s with his passport. No problems whatsoever. It must be said though that we had it done in July because we wanted to cross the border in December and didn’t want to take any chances.
It went very quickly. I applied immediately when the new law was passed. It took about two weeks.
We used an agent and got it within three days. Sure, it cost a bit extra, but it was totally worth it.
I waited for two years and eight months. Every time we wanted to leave for Mozambique, I had to sit and wait for hours at Home Affairs and explain why I wanted a letter to be able to cross the border. Once I was even told I should come on the day we were going to leave and maybe then they’d be able to help me. After a huge battle, I had to re-register my 16-year-old and hand in a statement saying that he is indeed my son and that he wasn’t registered at birth. After that we still had to wait for another three months.
I have been waiting for three years. I’m abroad and can’t come back home.