Death

Administration of Estates Act, 66 of 1965

(Act)
No. 66 of 1965Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (National) (The Government of South Africa)
This act aims to consolidate and amend the law relating to: the liquidation and distribution of the estates of deceased persons, the administration of the property of miners and persons under curatorship, and of derelict estates regulate the rights of beneficiaries under mutual wills made by any two or more persons amend the Mental Disorders Act, 1916 and to provide for incidental matters.

Administration of Estates Amendment Bill

(Bill)
(File type: pdf; size: 200.04 KB)10 April 2000Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (National) (The Government of South Africa)
This bill aims to amend the Administration of Estates Act, 1965, so as to delete certain definitions, substitute other definitions and insert a new definition; and to substitute obsolete references. It also makes the Administration of Estates Act, 1965, applicable throughout the Republic, repeal corresponding laws in force in the areas of the former Republics of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Vends and Ciskei.

Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act, 67 of 1997

(Act)
No. 67 of 1997Department of Home Affairs (National) (The Government of South Africa)
This Act amends the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992, so as to further regulate changing the particulars on documents held by the Department of Home Affairs. It also provides for the assumption of another surname.

City of Cape Town Cemeteries, Funeral Parlours and Crematoria

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The City of Cape Town municipality regulates the cemeteries, funeral parlours and crematoria in the area.For more information, you can visit the City of Cape Town website.The Municipality does not deal directly with the public regarding graves, funerals or cremations. To arrange a burial or cremation you need to contact a funeral director. Many reputable funeral directors are listed in the yellow pages.

Deceased Estates: Wills

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Making a Will

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When you die, your estate is divided between your family or the people that you want to have inherit from you. The estate consists of your personal property and possessions, as well as any money or other assets owed by you. Who your property is passed on to depends on whether you have a valid will or not. If you have a valid will then the property is divided according to your wishes. If you die without a will (called intestate) then your property will be divided up amongst your immediate family according to the laws of intestate succession.

Obtaining a Death Certificate

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When you register a death with the Department of Home Affairs, you will be issued with an abridged death certificate.

Registering a Death

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When a person dies, the family must report the death to the Registrar of Births and Deaths. They must do this as soon as the family gets a death certificate from the doctor.