Updated: 16 April 2020
New regulations have been issued on 16 April 2020. Click on the link below:
The material change is that you do not have to have a court order or a parental responsibilities and rights agreement or parenting plan, registered with the family advocate. Possession of a birth certificate or certified copy of a birth certificate is now also allowed.
Update: 07 April 2020
Latest Directives by the Minister of Social Development regarding the movement of children during the National Lockdown (30 March 2020)
On 30 March 2020, the Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe D Zulu, issued directives in order to prevent and combat the spread of the COVID-19.
The directives in relation to parental contact are as follows:
(m)Directions to contain the spread of COVID-19 in exercising the care and contact by persons who are co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights during the lockdown period
(i) Movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities during the lockdown period is prohibited. This is to ensure that the child is not exposed to any possible infection whilst moving from primary caregiver premises to the other;
(ii) The child must remain in the custody of the parent with whom the child was with, when lockdown period started; (iii) The parent who is not with the child during the lockdown period may, in order to maintain a personal relationship with the child, communicate on a regular basis with the child in any other manner, including telephone or any other form of electronic communication which may also include skype, WhatsApp or video call;
(iv)Co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights must communicate with their child or children including communicating what COVID-19 is and the temporary precautionary measures that are applied to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Below are images are the directives.