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From: "kevin and lynette troughton" <>
Subject: Re: [SOUTH-AFRICA] Death/Birth certificates
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 07:12:11 +1000
I asked my cousin to get my Dad's birth certificate for me and requested the
cost. She came back R360. I then went onto the South African Embassy's
site and noticed that they charge A$11. Now even if the exchange is 12 to 1
it should R84.
Suppose I will receive it a lot quicker as well.
Lynette from OZ
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Rodger" <>
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 9:01 PM
Subject: Re: [SOUTH-AFRICA] Death/Birth certificates needed
> On 23 Mar 2010, at 5:18 PM, Michelle Essers wrote:
>> If this request is off the topic, I apologise in advance.
>> I am hitting a huge brick wall with Dept of Home Affairs.... In
>> October 2006
>> I applied (and paid for) copies of my mother, grandmother and
>> birth & death certificates. I do have the receipts for each of these
>> Despite regular trips to fetch these, I am still empty handed.
>> Any suggestions on how to get my hands on these documents?
> No, there seems to be no recourse. My wife has had the same experience
> several times in the past, and it doesn't seem to be getting any
> better. One suspects any auditing that is done extends only to
> checking that the receipts are reflected in the till, not that the work
> paid for has actually been done! Just imagine the feelings of anyone
> overseas, who is unlikely even to get a receipt, as my wife found. (We
> live in Australia, where such an event would make it to the press and
> result in punitive action against the offending public servants.) At
> first, she did find she could get a cousin in Pretoria to go and stir
> the pot at the Union Buildings; but of course that was before 1994.
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