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Child trafficking regulations in South Africa

A big talking point in immigration law nowadays is the onerous new regulations for travelling with minors, set to become active in June 2015. While the DHA’s heart seems to be in the right place, these regulations are all but good news for anyone in the tourism industry. We of course support every effort to reduce child trafficking in South Africa.

According to the DHA, the general idea is to reduce child trafficking, kidnapping and abduction. Media reports and activists have reported around 30 000 children being trafficked every year. The African media fact-checking service known as Africa Check believes this number to be highly exaggerated and unsubstantiated. They went on to state that such exaggerations, while effective at capturing the attention of the public, create a poor platform for policymaking and resource allocation. In reality, between 2010 and 2011, the South African National Prosecuting authority reported 235 adults and 13 children as victims of human trafficking. Missing Children SA report having dealt with 304 missing children in 2012, 2% (6) of which are due to human trafficking. The amount of child trafficking cases seems to be exponentially less than broadcasted on the media and, unfortunately, it seems the DHA is basing its regulations on the media reports instead of actual statistics. Continue reading

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Top 5 of our most important Immigration News recently

1.) Update on the 2014 Immigration regulations

Much reporting and debate has taken place since the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) introduced the new immigration regulations on 26 May 2014.

Furthermore the approach seems to be that implementation of this new law starts with the promulgation by the President. Preparation of services, training of staff, etc. is to follow. Basically we got a brand new car delivered, only that the wheels and the seats are still missing – and of course the steering wheel! Continue reading

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Travelling with children and unabridged birth certificate- date postponed to 1 June 2015

Today, the 16th of September, the minister of Home Affairs Mr Malusi Gigaba announced that the new requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for all children traveling in and out of South Africa and all borders has been postponed. It has been postponed from the the 1st of October to the 1 June 2015.

Starting on 1 June 2015 all children entering or exiting South Africa have to be in possession of a passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate, and written permission from both parents or guardians of the child, authorizing that child’s travel.

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What to look out for when traveling with children in terms of the new immigration law of South Africa

South Africa’s new immigration law has added a stricter law on traveling with children. The new immigration law for South Africa is welcomed by the human rights commission in terms of the act against child trafficking passed on the 30th July 2013 by President Jacob Zuma giving South Africa for the first time, a single statute that tackles human trafficking holistically and comprehensively

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Parents travelling with children would now be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate of all traveling children according to the new South African immigration law. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children and it also applies to foreigners and South Africans alike. Continue reading


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