SERVICES OFFERED

Services are Offered in English and Afrikaans

  • Legalities 
  • Legalities and Ceremonies
  • Submission of Documents to Home Affairs for registration
  • Manual Marriage Certificate issued on Wedding Day
  • Services rendered at my office in Pretoria, or at your home or specified venue (Pretoria, Midrand, Randburg, Johannesburg) 

Services assist in the following type of Marriages 

  • Marrying a SA Citizen with another SA Citizen
  • Marrying a Foreign National with another Foreign National (Non-SA Citizens)
  • Marrying a South African Citizen with a Non-SA Citizen
  • Please note that due to our organisation’s constitution, I am permitted to perform heterosexual marriages only.

If you would like to make use of my services, please sent an email to info@taniab.co.za or a WhatsApp or Telegram to 073 947 8017.

If a SOUTH AFRICAN marries a SOUTH AFRICAN (both SA Citizens)

Documents Required

  1. Identity documents (of each person getting married).

  2. 3 ID size photos of each person getting married

  3. Identity documents or Passports for Non-SA Citizens (for the two witnesses present who must be 18 years or older)

  4. If any of the persons getting married are divorced, then the final decree of divorce should be furnished

  5. If any of the persons getting married are widowed, the deceased spouse’s death certificate must be submitted.

  6. If a couple entered into a marriage contract a letter of the attorney is required, wherein the attorney states what contract the couple has entered into.

Understand the legal consequences of a marriage, particularly that marriages in South Africa are automatically in community of property, unless a valid ante-nuptial contract has been entered into before the marriage and handed in with all other documents required to register the marriage.

If a FOREIGN NATIONAL marries another FOREIGN NATIONAL (both non-SA Citizens)

Documents Required

If you do have a South African I.D. but it says Non-SA Citizen, you are seen as a foreigner.

  1. A valid passport of each with a stamp endorsement(s); subject to be verified with immigration.

  2. Certified copies of Passports.

  3. Original Letter of non-impediment of each from country of origin (NB: Should be valid not older than 6 months). This document should be translated to English if it is in any other language.

  4. Affidavit by both partners– attesting to their marital status. Stamped and signed at any Police Station.

  5. 3 ID size photos of each person getting married.

  6. Copy of Identity documents or passports (for the two witnesses present who must be 18 years or older)

  7. If any of the persons getting married are divorced, then the final decree of divorce should be furnished

  8. If any of the persons getting married are widowed, the deceased spouse’s death certificate must be submitted.

  9. If a couple entered into a marriage contract a letter of the attorney is required, wherein the attorney states what contract the couple has entered into.  Understand the legal consequences of a marriage, particularly that marriages in South Africa are automatically in community of property, unless a valid ante-nuptial contract has been entered into before the marriage and handed in with all other documents required to register the marriage.

If a SOUTH AFRICAN marries a FOREIGN NATIONAL

Documents and Process Required

If you do have a South African I.D. but it says Non-SA Citizen, you are seen as a foreigner.

  • Your first step would be for the Foreign National to get a non-impediment letter from country of origin.This document should be translated to English if it is in any other language and may not be older than 6 months on the day of marriage.

 

After which both of you have to go to Home Affairs, to the Immigration’s Counter for an interview. As I am registered as a Marriage Officer at Akasia Home Affairs, if you make use of my services, you will have to go to Akasia Home Affairs for the interview. Take the following documents with to the interview at Home Affairs Akasia:

  1. A valid South African bar-coded identity document.
  2. A valid passport with a stamp endorsement(s); subject to be verified with immigration before the interview is conducted.
  3. Certified copies of ID and Passport.
  4. Original Letter of non-impediment from country of origin (NB: Should be valid not older than 6 months). This document should be translated to English if it is in any other language.
  5. Proof of lobola in writing by both families if applicable.
  6. Affidavit by both partners – attesting to their marital status and stating if there was no lobola paid. (If lobola was paid, proof of lobola in writing by both families must be presented).

 

How the interview process at Home Affairs Akasia at the Immigration’s Counter works

  1. They don’t work on an appointment basis. So, go early in the morning. Ask the security guards you want to go to the Immigration’s Counter for and Interview to avoid standing in the long ques outside.
  2. Take all the above documents as required, as well as any other documents you have such as Temporary Residency etc.
  3. Passports are required. No marriage can be done on an asylum document.
  4. Once the interview is done, they do not give you the letter, but keep it at the office.
  5. Once I hand in the rest of your Marriage Registration Documents, they attach the interview letter to it.

Please note that different Home Affairs Offices have different requirements. I do not know why. However, the above requirements are for the Home Affairs Office Akasia. ADDRESS: Station Square Building, Daan De Wet Nel Dr & Willem Cruywagen, Avenue, Winternest AH, Akasia, 3050. Directions can be found on Google Maps

 

Once you are done at Home Affairs with the Interview and it was successful, you come to me to finalise your legalities. To me you bring with the following documents:

  1. Identity document (for South African).
  2. A valid passport for the Non-SA Citizen with a stamp endorsement(s); subject to be verified with immigration before the interview is conducted.
  3. 3 ID size photos of each person getting married
  4. Identity documents or Passports for Non-SA Citizens (for the two witnesses present who must be 18 years or older)
  5. If any of the persons getting married are divorced, then the final decree of divorce should be furnished
  6. If any of the persons getting married are widowed, the deceased spouse’s death certificate must be submitted.
  7. If a couple entered into a marriage contract a letter of the attorney is required, wherein the attorney states what contract the couple has entered into. Understand the legal consequences of a marriage, particularly that marriages in South Africa are automatically in community of property, unless a valid ante-nuptial contract has been entered into before the marriage and handed in with all other documents required to register the marriage.
  8. Original Letter of non-impediment from country of origin (NB: Should be valid not older than 6 months). This document should be translated to English if it is in any other language.

VERIFYING YOUR MARITAL STATUS

You can SMS the letter M followed by your ID number (example: M 5001010050080) to 32551

Due to the large number of fraudulent marriages reported to the Department of Home Affairs every year, a facility has been created for you to check your marital status at any time.


You will need your South African ID number in order to use this facility.


You can SMS the letter M followed by your ID number (example: M 5001010050080) to 32551. A reply SMS will be sent back to your cell phone to confirm your marital status and the date of your marriage. (R1 per SMS and will be charged by your network service provider).


Alternatively, you can call the call centre at 0800 60 11 90.

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES

Once your marriage is registered on the system, you CAN GO TO ANY HOME AFFAIRS OFFICE to obtain your Printed Marriage Certificate.

There are 3 versions of the Marriage Certificate with a 4th of option


Manual Certificate 

This is the certificate you are given on your wedding day by the Marriage Officer.  This is simply a blank A5 certificate with your details hand-written on it and signed by the Marriage Officer. 


Abridged Certificate 

This is a printed version of the manual certificate. This can be obtained with one visit to any Home Affairs office. Take both ID documents or Passports with. You will need to complete form DHA 130. The cost is around R20.


Unabridged Certificate 

This certificate has more information on it as well the information of the Marriage Officer. It is signed and stamped as well. For no good reason this certificate takes anything from 4 to 12 weeks to obtain and requires two visits to home affairs, one to apply and the 2nd to collect. The cost is around R75. The same form is used to apply for it.  An unabridged certificate if often required for anything that involves a foreign country i.e. if you’re immigrating, applying for a foreign passport or registering your marriage in another country.The official process will most times require you submit a copy of an unabridged certificate. It is a good idea to get an unabridged certificate when you do not need it. Just keep it on file until it is needed. It can be very stressful applying for one when it is needed in just a few weeks.


Unabridged Certificate with Apostille 

In some cases, this option is required. This is the same as the unabridged certificate as described above with the additional step that it has been verified by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Once the unabridged certificate has been obtained it has to be taken to Foreign Affairs and they add their Apostille stamp to it. 

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EXAMPLE OF AFFIDAVIT

 The Affidavit is only required when two Foreign Nationals marry each other or when a SA Citizen and a non-SA Citizen marries each other.

 

The affidavit can be signed at any Police Station.

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This Affidavit is just an example to assist you in drafting your own Affidavit.


Fill in the correct details

Change where needed

Delete what is not necessary

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 The lobola section (number 4) only applies to a SA Citizen that marries a non-SA Citizen. If lobola was paid, a copy of the lobola agreement in writing by both families should accompany your documents to the Interview at Home Affairs.

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AFFIDAVIT


(1)

I, _________(full names and surname), Citizen of ______ (Country) who is the bearer of Passport No / ID No _________, with contact number ______________ herewith declare that:

 

(2)

I attest to my marital status, that I have never been married before and am single.


I attest to my marital status that I have been married before and I am currently divorced.


I attest to my marital status that I have been married before and I am currently widowed.

 

(3)

I intend to marry _____________ (full names and surname), Citizen of ___________ (Country) who is the bearer of Passport No / ID No ___________, with contact number ____________ who is currently single / divorced / widowed.

 

(4)

I further declare that there was no legally binding lobola agreement sealed between our two families.


I declare that a legally binding lobola agreement was sealed between our two families.

 

(5)

I declare that the above information is true and correct.

 

 

Signed at ____ (place/town), on this ____ day of ____ (month), _____ (year).

 

 

 

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Signed

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