Children’s Amendment Bill

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Submissions are now closed (since 27 November 2020)

Social Development

The Portfolio Committee on Social Development invites you to submit written comments on the Children’s Amendment Bill [B18 – 2020].

Comments must be sent to Ms Lindiwe Ntsabo at by no later than Friday, 27 November 2020

In addition to making a written submission, you can indicate your interest in making a verbal presentation.

The Bill aims:

To amend the Children’s Act, 2005, so as to amend and insert certain defi nitions; to provide for children’s right to privacy and protection of information; to further provide for the rights of unmarried fathers; to extend the children’s court jurisdiction; to further provide for funding of early childhood development programmes; to provide for the designation and functions for a Registrar of the National Child Protection Register; to further provide for the care of abandoned or orphaned children and additional matters that may be regulated; to further provide for rules relating to care and protection proceedings; to further provide for medical testing of children in need of care and protection or adoption; to provide for additional matters relating to children in alternative care; to further provide for matters relating to adoption and inter-country adoption; to further provide for the hearing of child abduction matters; to further provide for matters relating to surrogate motherhood; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Enquiries can be made with Ms Lindiwe Ntsabo on 083 709 8524 or

Issued by Mr M Gungubele, MP- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development


You can track the bill here