Frank Mashaba from Graskop is a relieved man after he finally acquired a birth certificate for his three-year-old child. The process was made possible by the intervention of Graskop War Room and Child Welfare South Africa.
The birth certificate was reportedly delayed because the mother of the child could not be located.
A social worker from Child Welfare South Africa in Graskop, Nondumiso Khumalo, expressed relief, especially for the father and child. She said that the application was recorded as LRB (Late Registration of Birth).
“I wrote a letter to the Magistrate in order to acquire the letter to register the child. Documents were sent to the Department of Home Affairs (Nelspruit) explaining the situation. I presented the ID copy of the father and clinic card. Themba Hospital in Kabokweni, where the child was born, gave me the confirmation of birth. At the Department of Home Affairs in Nelspruit, I was interviewed as a social worker in order to verify the information. The Birth Certificate was printed out the same day and was given to us.”
The secretary of Graskop War Room, Cecilia Modipane, said that the process signalled the need for continued partnership between War Room stakeholders to assist the community.
“We thank the cooperation of stakeholders, especially Child Welfare South Africa for the good work. We’ve yielded results after such a long time. The child will be under foster care and Mashaba has parental rights. We urge people who are facing similar problems to contact us, and we’ll link up with our stakeholders to try to resolve their problems,”
Cecilia Modipane (Graskop War Room) can be contacted on 076-540-9506 for more information.