Children’s Third Amendment Draft Bill

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Submissions are now closed (since 07 September 2018)

Social Development

The Department of Social Development has shared the draft Children’s Third Amendment Bill, which is being discussed at the National Child Care & Protection Forum from 18 – 20 July 2018. The Children’s Third Amendment Bill proposes a number of amendments to the Children’s Act including amendments:

▪ To address inconsistencies within the Children’s Act
▪ To introduce new definitions
▪ To remove the common law defence of reasonable chastisement and prohibit corporal punishment in the home
▪ To regulate the position of unmarried fathers
▪ To extend the children’s court jurisdiction to hear applications for guardianship
▪ To clarify the conditional registration of partial care facilities
▪ To include different types of ECD programmes, regulate funding of ECD programmes and other ECD-related amendments
▪ To address partnerships and funding frameworks for prevention & early intervention services
▪ To address the care of abandoned and orphaned children living with family (kinship care)
▪ Amendments in relation to adoption
▪ Amendments in relation to surrogate motherhood

Written submissions are due by 7 September 2018. The email address for submissions will be provided shortly.

Provincial consultations on the Bill will take place simultaneously in different provinces.

Information on the venues for the provincial consultations: Children’s Third Amendment Bill



Contact person

Contact number

1. Gauteng (JHB or Pretoria)

15-17 August

Ms Saabia Shabudin

082827 9072

2. Northwest (Rustenburg)

29-31 August

Ms Dolly Melato


3. Western cape (Cape Town/Stellenbosch)

22-24 August

Ms Rowena

021 483 3519

4. Mpumalanga (Nelspruit)

5-7 September

Ms Lizzy Nyoni

072198 5052

5. Limpopo (Polokwane)

22-24 August

Ms Shirley

072 055 0320

6. Northern Cape (Kimberley)

29-31 August

Mr Nkosi

082 442 9398

7. Free State (Bloemfontein)

15-17 August

Ms Mosetlhe

083 274 5610

8. KZN (Durban)

29-31 August

Ms Omar

082 710 2505

9. Eastern Cape (Port St Johns)

5-7 September 

Mr Tafeni

[email protected]

Manager: Dr R September


Provincial Consultations:
In terms of the format of the provincial consultations, on the morning of the first day DSD will introduce the Bill at plenary and the afternoon session and the second day will be focus groups (based on allocated chapters of the Bill). On the last day groups will report back and a summary of final inputs received will be done.

We still do not have email for submissions (Email address awaited) 7 September 2018