Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act

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Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act 18 of 2010
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Government Gazette
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

Vol. 546 Cape Town 7 December 2010 No. 33851
THE PRESIDENCY No. 1174 7 December 2010
It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:–
No. 18 of 2010: Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act, 2010.
























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GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE:
Words in bold type in square brackcts indicate omissions from existing enactments.
Words underlined with a solid line indicate insertions in existing enactments,
(English text signed by the President.) (Assented to 3 December 2010.)
ACT To amend the Rirths and Deaths Registration Act, 1992, so as to substitute, insert and delete certain definitions; to revise provisions relating to the registration of births; to revise provisions relating to amendments of birth registration; to provide for the designation of funeral undertakers; to make provision for the recording of adoptions; to revise the provisions relating to secrecy of records obtained under this Act; to clarify provisions relating to the making of regulations; to repeal certain sections; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, asfollows:- Amendment of section I of Act 51 of 1992, as amended by section 3 of Act 41 of 1995, section 1 of Act 40 of 1996 and section 1 of Act 1 of 2002
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1. Section I of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), is hereby amended-
(a) by the substitution for subsection (I) of the following subsection: "[(l)]In this Act, unless the context otherwise indicates-
'biometrics' means photographs, fingerprints (including palmprints), hand measurements, signature verification or retinal patterns that may be 10 used to verify the identity of individuals; [(i)] 'birth', in relation to a child, means the birtb of a child born
alive; [(vii) (ii)] 'burial' means burial in earth or the cremation or any other mode
of disposal of a corpse; [(iii (iii)] 'burial place' means any public, private or other place which is
used for a burial; [(i)] 'child born out of wedlock' does not include a child whuse parents were married to cach other at the time of his or her conception or at any time thereafter before the completion of his or her birth; 'ChUdren's Act' means the Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005); 'competent court' [includes] means a magistrates' court, and a children's court established [as contemplated] in terms of the [Child Care Act, 1983 (Act No. 74 of 1983)1 Children's Act; [(iv)] 'corpse' means any dead human body, including the body of any 25
still-born child; [fix) 'Department' means the Department of Home Affairs; [(iv) 'Director-General' means the Director-General: Home Affairs; [(v)



































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(vii) 'fingerprinis' includes palmprints; (xvii) (viii)] 'forename' means the word or words by which a person is
designated as an individual and which precede his surname; [(xix)
(ix)] 'major' [or 'person of age'] means any person who [has 5 attained the age of] ~ 18 years or older [or who has under the provisions of section 2 of the Age of Majority Act, 1972 (Act No. 57 of 1972), been declared to be a major, and includes a person under the age of 18 years, who has contracted a legal marriage], and 'person of age' has a similar mcaning; [(x)] 10
'marriage' means- (a) a marriage concluded in terms of
(i) the Marriage Act, 1961 (Act No. 25 of 1961); or (ii) the Recognition ofCustomary Marriages Act, 1998 (Act No.
120 of 1998); 15 (h) a civil union concluded in terms of the Civil Union Act, 2006 (Act
No. 17 of 2006); or (c) a marriage concluded in terms of the laws of a foreign country; ['medical practitioner' includes a suitably qualified person who, on the recommendation of the Director-General: Health by virtue of 20 such person's medical knowledge and experience, is appointed by the Director-General;
(x)] 'Minister' means the Minister of Home Affairs; [(xii) (xi)] 'minor' or 'minor person' means any person who is not a major
or a person of age; [(xi) 25 (xii) 'police ollieer' means a member of the Force as defined in
section 1 of the Police Act, 1958 (Act No.7 of 1958); (xiii) (xiii)] 'population register' means the population register [men-
tioned] contemplated in section 5 of the Identification Act, [1986 (Act No. 72 of 1986)] 1997 (Act No. 68 of 1997); [(iii) 30
(xiv)] 'prescribed' means prescribed [under this Act or any] Qy regulation; [(xviii)
(xv) 'regional representative' means any person designated as a regional representative under section 21(1)(a) of the Identifi- cation Act, 1986 (Act No. 72 of 1986); (xvi) 35
(xvi)] 'registration', in relation to a birth or a death, means the registration thereof mentioned in section 5; [(xiv)
(xvii) 'regulation' means a regulation made and in force under this Act; (xv)
(xviii)] 'still-born', in relation to a child, means that it has had at least 26 40 weeks of intra-uterine existence but showed no sign of life after complete birth, and "still-birth", in relation to a child, has a corresponding meaning; [(vi)
(xix)] 'this Act' includes the regulations. [(viii)]"; and (h) by the deletion of subsection (2). 45
Amendment of section 7 ofAct 51 of1992, as amended by section 1 of Act 67 of 1997
2. Section 7 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a) by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection:
"(2) If in the course of the administration of this Act it comes to the attention of the Director-General that any particulars in respect of any 50 person in any document submitted or preserved in tenus of this Act or included in the population register are not correctly reftected, the Director-General may supplement and [correct] rectify such particulars in consultation with the person in question.";
(h) by the substitution for subsection (3) of the following subsection: 55 "(3) Any person who is in possession of a certificate or other
document purported to be issued in terms of this Act, which does not correcdy reflect the particulars in any document referred to in subsection (2) or in the population register. shall within the prescribed period hand over or send by registered post such certificate or document to the 60 Director-General for rectification."; and
































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Ie) the addition of the following subsection after subsection (3): "(4) Any person may apply, in the prescribed manner, to the
Director-General to request the amendment or rectification of his or her particulars furnished in terms of this Act.".
Suhstitution of section 8 of Act 51 of 1992
3. The following scction is hereby substitutcd for section 8 of thc principal Act:
"Fees payable
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8. The Director-General may with the concurrence of the Minister of [State Expenditure] Finance determine the fees payable for any specified act performed in accordance with thc provisions of this Act by the 10 Director-General or any person contemplated in section 4. and shall publish such fees in the Gazette.".
Amendment of section 9 of Act 51 of 1992, as amended by section 4 of Act 41 of 1995, section 1 of Act 43 of 1998 and section 2 of Act I of 2002
4. Section 9 of the principal Act is hereby amended- 15 la) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
"( I) In the case of any child born alive, anyone of his or her parents [or, if neither of his or her parents is able to do so, the person having charge of the child or a person requested to do so by the parents or the said person], or if the parents are deceased, any of the prescribed 20 persons, shall, within 30 days after the birth of such child, give notice thereof in the prescribed manner, and in compliance with the prescribed requirements, to any person contemplated in section 4.";
Ih) by the insertion after subsection (1) of the following subsection: "( IA) The Director-General may require that biometrics of the person 25
whose notice of birth is given, and that of his or her parents, be taken in the prescribed manner.";
Ie) by the deletion of subsection (3); Id) by the substitution for subsection (3A) of the following subsection:
"(3A) Where the notice of a birth is given after the expiration of [one 30 year] 30 days from the date of birth, the birth shall not be registered, unless the notice of the birth complies with the prescribed requirements for a late registration of birth."; and
Ie) by the addition of the following subsections after subsection (6): "(7) The Director-General may on application in the prescribed 35
manner issue a prescribed birth certificate from the population register. (8) An original birth certificate issued in terms of subsection (7) shall
in all courts of law be on the face of it evidence of the particulars set forth therein," .---
Amendment of section 11 of Act 51 of 1992, as amended by section 3 of Act 40 of 40 1996 and section 8 of Act 56 of 1998
5. Section II of the principal Act is hereby arneoded- la) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
"(1) Any parent [or guardian] of a child born out of wedlock whose parents married each other after the registration of his or her birth, may, 45 if such child is a minor, or such child himself or herself may, if he or she is of age, apply in the prescribed manner to the Director-General to amend the registration of his or her birth as if his or her parents were married to each other at the time of his or her birth, and thereupon the Director-General shall, if satisfied that the applicant is competent to 50 make the application, that the alleged parents of the child are in fact his or her parents and that they legally married each other, amend the

































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registration of birth in the prescribed manner as if such child's parcnts were legally married to each other at the time of his or her birth.";
(b) by the deletion of subsection (3); (e) by the insertion after subsection (4) of the following subsection;
"(4A) An amendment of the particulars of a person who has 5 acknowledged himself as a father of a child as contemplated in subsection (4) and section IO( I)(b) of the Act shall be supported by the prescribed conclusive proofof that person being the father of the child."; and
(d) by the substitution for subsection (6) of the following subsection; 10 "(6) When the court considers the application contemplated in
suhsection (5) the provisions of [sections 1 and 2 of the Children's Stains Act, 1987 (Act No, 82 of 1987),] section 26(b) of the Children's Act shall apply." ,
Substitution of section 12 of Act 51 of 1992
6. The following section is hereby substituted for scction 12 of the principal Act;
"Notice of birth of abandoned or orphaned child
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12. ill The notice of birth of an abandoned child which has not yet been given, shall be given, after an enquiry in respect of the child concerned in terms of the [Child Care Act, 1983 (Act No. 74 of 1983)] Children's Act, 20 by the social worker lor authorized officer] concerned: Provided that in the event of any parent of the child being traced after the registration of the birth and the particulars in any document or record in respect of the child not being reflected correctly, the Director-General may on application,jQ the prescribed manner, amplify and correct the said particulars, 25
(2) The notice of birth of an orphaned child which does not list any of the persons contemplated in terms of section 9(1), shall be given by a social worker, after conclusion of an enquiry in respect of such child concerned in terms of the Children's Act.".
Amendment of section 19 of Act 51 of 1992 30
7. Section 19 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (4) of the following subsection:
"(4) For the purposes of this section 'port of entry' has the meaning assigned thereto hy section I of the [Aliens Control Act, 1991 (Act No, 96 of 1991)] Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002).". 35
Insertion of section 22A in Act 51 of 1992
8. The following section is hereby inserted in the principal Act after section 22:
"Designation offuneral undertakers
22A. (I) In order to be designated as a funeral undertaker for the purposes ofengaging in the activities relating to the registration ofdeaths in 40 terms of this Act, any person who conducts a business of a funeral parlour may apply, in the prescribed manner and in compliance with the prescribed requirements, to the Director-General, who may approve an application and allocate a designation number to any such person so designated,
(2) The Director-General shall maintain a register of persons whose 45 applications he or she approved and designated as funeral undertakers in terms of subsection (I).
(3) The Director-General may remove any person from the said register for failure to comply with prescribed requirements, after having afforded such a person an opportunity to be heard, 50


























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(4) Any administrative action taken in tcnns of this section is subject to the provisions of the Promotiun of Administrative Justice Act, 2000 (Act No.3 of 2000),
(5) No funeral undertaker other than the persons contemplated in subsection (2) shall engage in the activities relating to the registration of 5 deaths in terms of this Act.".
Substitution of section 23 of Act 51 of 1992
9. The following section is hereby substituted for section 23 of the principal Act:
"Amplification of birth registrations
23. If the birth of any person was registered before the commencement of 10 this Act without the assignment to him or her of any forename or surname, any parent [or his guardian if he is] of a minor, or [he himself if he is] a person of age, may apply to the Director-General for the amplification of the registration of his or her birth by the entry of his or her forename or surname [in connection therewith], and the Director-General shall 15 thereupon, if satisfied that the applicant is competent to make the application, so amplify the birth register in respect of such person.".
Amendment of section 24 of Act 51 of 1992
10. Section 24 of the principal Act is hereby amcnded- (a) by the substitution for subsection (I) of the following subsection: 20
"( 1) Any parent of a minor, or [he himself if he is] a person of age, may apply in the prescribed manner to the Director-General for the alteration of his or her forename under which his or her birth is-- -- registered, and the Director-General may alter such forename accord- ingly in the prescribed manner."; and 25
(b) by the deletion of subsection (2).
Amendment of section 25 of Act 51 of 1992, as amended by section 2 of Act 67 of 1997, section n of Act 86 of 1997 and section 3 of Act I of 2002
n. Section 25 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection: 30
"(2) Any parent [or any guardian] of a minor whose birth has been included under a specific surname in the population register, mayan the strength of a reason not mentioned in subsection (I), apply in the prescribed manner to the Director-General for the alteration of the surname ofthe minor under which his or her birth was registered, and the Director-General may, on submission of a good 35 and sufficient reason given for the contemplated alteration of the surname, alter the said original surname accordingly in the prescribed manner." .
Amendment of section 26 of Act 51 of 1992, as amended by section 3 of Act 67 of 1997 and section 4 of Act I of 2002
12. Section 26 of thc principal Act is herehy amended by the substitution for 40 subsection (2) of the following subsection:
"(2)At the request of any person, in the prescribed manner, the Director-General may, if he or she is satisfied that there is a good and sufticient reason as may be prescribed for that person's assumption of another surname, authorize the person to assume a surname other than his or her surname as included in the population 45 register, and the Director-General shall include the substitutive surname in the population register in the prescribed manner." .
































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Amendment of section 27A of Act51 of 1992, as amended by section 4 of Act 49 of 2003
13. Section 27A of the principal Act is hereby amended by the subslitution for subsection (I) of the following subsection:
"(I) If the Director-General grants an application, made in the prescribed 5 manner, or a magistrate issues an order in terms of section 2 of the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Stalus Act, 2003 (Act No. 49 of 2003), the Director-Gencral shall alter Ihe sex description on the birth register of Ihe person concerned....
Insertion of section 27B in Act 51 of 1992
14. The following section is hcreby inserted in thc principal Act after section 27A: ID
"Recording of adoption in birth register
27B. (I) The recording of adoption in a birth register contemplated in section 245( I) 0 the Childrcn's Act shall be made upon application, in the prescribed manner, accompanied by the supporting documents mentioned in section 245(2) of the Children's Act, and any other prcscribed 15 requirements in terms of this Act.
(2) The Director-General shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, record in the prescribed manner the adoption and any change of surname of the adoptcd child in the birth register in accordance with the adoption order.... 20
Amendment of section 28 of Act 51 of 1992
15. Section 28 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (I) of the following subsection:
"( 1) The Director-General may [on], upon application in the prescribed manner and in compliance with the prescribed requirements, issue a certificate from the 25 population register in [such] the prescribed form [as he may deem fit]. ...
Amendment of section 29 of Act 51 of 1992
16. Section 29 ofthe principal Act is herehy amended by the substitution in subsection (2) for paragraph (b) of the following paragraph:
"(b) any person who has applied, in the prescribed manner, with a full exposition 3D of the purposes for which the information is required and who has paid the prescribed fees, If any: Provided that the Director-General is satisfied that the furnishing of that infonnation-
(i) will not amount to an unreasonable disclosure of that person's personal information as contemplated in section I of the Promotion of 35 Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No.2 of 20DD):
(ii) is for the protection of the rights, and in the interest, of the person whose particulars are being requested; or
(iii) is in the public interest.".
Repeal of section 30 of Act 51 of 1992
17. Section 30 of the principal Act is hereby repealed.
Amendment of section 31 of Act 51 of 1992, as amended by section 4 of Act 67 of 1997
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18. Section 31 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution in subsection (I) for the words following paragraph (g) of the following words: 45
"shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding [five] 12 years or to both such fine and such imprisonment." .















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Substitution of section 32 of Act 51 of 1992
19. The following section is hereby substituled for section 32 of the principal Act:
" Regulations
32. The Minister may make regulations relating to- (a) the forms which may be used for the purposes of making applications 5
for processes of the Act; (b) the requirements and condilions for making applications in terms of
this ACI; (c) the certificales which may be issued under this Act and the
requirements for the issuing of cerIificates; 10 (d) any matter thai may be prescribed under this Act; and (e) any ancillary or incidental administrative or procedural matter thai it is
necessary to prescribe for the proper implementation and administra- tion of this Act.".
Substitution of words 15
20. The principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for the words "he", "him" and "his", wherever they occur, ofLhe words "he or she". "him or her" and "his or her", respectively.
Short title and commencement
21. This Act is called the BirIhs and Deaths Registration Amendment Act, 2010, and 20 comes into operation on a date fixed by the President by proclamation in the Gazette.