Painful pa­per­work

We asked our Face­book friends who strug­gled to ob­tain their kids’ unabridged birth cer­tifi­cate and also heard from those who didn’t.

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Linda Jager

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.

Mar­ius Kritzinger

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.

Madeleine Eras­mus

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.

Han­lie Wil­liams

It went very quickly. I ap­plied im­me­di­ately when the new law was passed. It took about two weeks.

Sunette Davel

We used an agent and got it within three days. Sure, it cost a bit ex­tra, but it was to­tally worth it.

Riki Mel­let

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.

Freddy White­head

I have been wait­ing for three years. I’m abroad and can’t come back home.

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