Gov­ern­ment wants Emaswati to re­new their birth cer­tifi­cates

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Bahle Gama

EMASWATI are ad­vised to im­me­di­ately re­new their old birth cer­tifi­cates to the new ones that have pins for a dead­line yet to be set.

Min­istry of Home Af­fairs’ Regis­trar of Birth, Mar­riage and Death cer­tifi­cates of­fi­cial Mpumelelo Sibeko said chang­ing to the new birth cer­tifi­cates would ben­e­fit own­ers.

“In the un­likely event of a loss, they can go to any cen­tre in the coun­try and re-ap­ply for a new one by only pro­vid­ing their PINs as their in­for­ma­tion would have been saved au­to­mat­i­cally,” said Sibeko.

The pur­pose of chang­ing the cer­tifi­cates was to de­crease in­con­ve­niences and te­dious­ness, in terms of us­ing the old cer­tifi­cate, whereby the new ones have pins on them. It is to also en­sure that a per­son’s in­for­ma­tion is quickly ac­cessed any­where in the coun­try, es­pe­cially in sit­u­a­tions whereby an in­di­vid­ual doesn’t have their cer­tifi­cate in hand, but know their PIN by heart.

Sibeko said when lost, the old cer­tifi­cates re­quired a lot of work be­cause the owner has to re­turn to the ser­vice cen­tre where they had it first made, have an of­fi­cer look into old files for de­tails as they were saved man­u­ally and that alone in­con­ve­niences both the client and of­fi­cer as time and re­sources are wasted.

In some oc­ca­sions, some are said to not even know or could not re­call when and where their birth cer­tifi­cates were made be­cause par­ents who ap­plied for the cer­tifi­cates have passed on or any other un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances thus slow­ing down the whole process of hav­ing a new birth cer­tifi­cate im­me­di­ately com­pared to when there was a PIN avail­able. For that, every­one is urged to con­vert their old-birth cer­tifi­cates to new ones whilst there is still time.

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