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Home Affairs Acts Published

December 10, 2010

Department of Home Affairs

Government has published two acts generated by the department of home affairs.

These are: South African Citizenship Amendment Act 17 of 2010; and Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act 18 of 2010.

The South African Citizenship Amendment Act appears in Government Gazette 33850 and comes into effect on a date yet to be proclaimed by the president.

The act amends South African Citizenship Act 88 of 1995 in order to revise provisions relating to the acquisition of citizenship by birth, descent and naturalisation.

It also regulates loss of citizenship by naturalised citizens.

The Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act appears in Government Gazette 33851.

It amends Births and Deaths Registration Act 51 of 1992.

Inter alia, the act:

· revises provisions relating to the secrecy of records obtained in terms of the act;
· makes provision for recording adoptions;
· addresses the issue of false registrations that may result from allowing agents to participate in the registration of births;
· makes provision for the late registration of a birth; and
· provides for the designation of funeral undertakers.

The act comes into operation on a date to yet to be proclaimed by the president.

In terms of both amendment acts, the principal acts are aligned with Children’s Act 38 of 2005, Immigration Act 13 of 2002, Identification Act 68 of 1997 and Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000.