This is the person who will be legally liable for a child’s care if both parents die or become incapacitated.
As a parent, you must nominate a guardian in your will. You can contact the Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa (Fisa) – see Get more help here – to recommend a lawyer, financial planner or trust company to draw up a will for you.
If both parents pass away, the master of the high court appoints the nominated person as the legal guardian. They’re then required to take care of the child until their charge turns a certain age – usually 18.
If only one parent dies, even if you’re divorced, the other biological parent automatically becomes the sole guardian unless a court rules otherwise.
If you don’t appoint a guardian, the master will decide who should raise your kids. But it’s not ideal – the person the court chooses might be someone of financial means but not someone you like.