Can I vote in the general elections if I do not have an ID?

The short answer Yes, but you will need a Temporary Identity Certificate from Home Affairs The long answer The Electoral Commission says that if you are still waiting for your new ID book from Home Affairs, you can apply for a Temporary Identity Certificate from Home Affairs, which will be valid on Election Day They say that you can’t vote with a Temporary...

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What can I do if I was exempted from paying full school fees but don’t have enough money to pay the outstanding amount?

The short answer You can approach the School Governing Body and negotiate a revised repayment plan. The whole question Dear Athalie I am a single parent under debt review. I applied for school fee exemption last year because I was unable to pay the required amount every month. I told them I would pay the school fees in December after I got my annual...

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How can I get compensation if I was wrongfully arrested?

The short answer There are a few ways you can do this, but it must be within three years of the arrest. The whole question Dear Athalie My friends and I were wrongfully arrested by SAPS and detained for four months in 2018. I have the charge sheet and all the details, but I don't know how or where to submit a complaint...

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Will the government compensate me for my chronic illness from when I was diagnosed?

The short answer No, if your application for a disability grant is approved, you will only be paid from the day you applied. The whole question Dear Athalie I was diagnosed with a chronic mental illness while I was studying. I can't work properly but I am currently employed. If I apply for a disability grant, will I get paid from the date...

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My name was linked to an RDP house and now I can’t apply for my own. What can I do?

The short answer You first need to find out how your name was linked to an RDP house before you can apply. The long answer I have a number of questions: How was your name linked? Were you named as a dependent in your parents’ application? Did you apply together with a partner who got the house but you did not benefit? When...

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Here’s how South Africa’s social grant system has changed since 1994

SASSA pays 26-million grants every month By Daniel Steyn The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) spent R232-billion on social grants in 2022 - about 11% of the national budget. Social grant spending, when adjusted for inflation, has quadrupled since 1994. The vast majority of beneficiaries receive either the Child Support Grant or Old Age Grant. Grant amounts are about the...

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Joburg City to blame for “dark buildings” crisis say property owners

Albert Street fire tragedy sparks renewed attempt to evict hundreds of people living in derelict downtown buildings By Kimberly Mutandiro Owners of a number of “dark buildings” in downtown Johannesburg have been trying to evict hundreds of people occupying their properties for more than a decade. In the aftermath of the fire at 80 Albert Street that killed 77 people, the...

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What happens to my visa if I, a non-citizen, divorce from my permanent resident spouse?

The short answer The Director-General of Home Affairs can issue an order that will allow a foreign ex-spouse who applies for a visitor’s or relative’s visa to stay in the country. The long answer There was a recent case (June 2022) brought to the Western Cape High Court by several foreign ex-spouses wanting to stay in South Africa as they were contributing to their...

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How can I stop unauthorised deductions from my SASSA grant?

The short answer You can submit a dispute of the deduction to SASSA The whole question Dear Grethen There is a life insurance company that has been deducting money from my SASSA child grant, but I never consented to this. How can I stop this? Can I get my money back? The long answer This is an unfortunate and long-standing problem. GroundUp wrote about this issue...

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This is what we can do to end the reading crisis

As the November 2023 deadline looms, 70% of public schools still don’t have libraries By Tatiana Kazim On 30 August, the Right to Read campaign was launched at the Women’s Jail in Johannesburg. The campaign brings together several organisations, including the Legal Resources Centre, the Centre for Child Law, SECTION27, Equal Education (EE), and Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) to mobilise civil...

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