Home Affairs streamlines birth certificates to ease minor travel

From Tuesday, 1 November the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issues only one birth certificate for all newborns stating both their maternal and paternal birth details. Previously there were two versions of the birth certificate, an abridged (issued for new-borns up until 2013) and an unabridged birth certificate detailing both parents’ details (issued to all new-borns since 2014).