Answers to your questions

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What can I do if Home Affairs won't help me get an ID because my parents aren't with me?

It would be helpful if one of your relatives came forward as a parental figure or guardian to help you apply.

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What can I do if my sibling refuses to report our parent's deceased estate?

It is illegal not to report a deceased estate. Perhaps telling your sibling this will spur them to action. Otherwise you can approach the Master's office for help.

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Can I claim my late partner's estate if we were not married but had kids together?

Under the law of intestate succession, you can inherit as his life partner.

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Can I claim from an intestate estate if I am not the next of kin but the owner said everything should go to me?

Unfortunately, if the deceased has living siblings, you will not inherit.

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Can holders of expired ZEPs withdraw their provident funds and UIF?

When the visa expires, the member can apply to withdraw their provident funds. Claiming UIF might be trickier, unless the courts find a solution.

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What happens to ZEP holders' bank loans if they are forced to leave SA?

Usually a person's debts remain active if they leave the country, but it is unclear what will happen if they are forced to leave, as with ZEP holders.

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What should I do if my child is taking drugs and getting mixed up with drug dealers?

There are different steps you can take depending on the drug(s) she uses.

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How can I access the money left by my late father at his old job if I don't have all the information and documents required?

Certify copies of his and your IDs, and make an affidavit explaining the circumstances. Take these to the HR department at his old job.

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Can I challenge my stepfather's will that excludes me from inheriting his house that originally belonged to my mother?

It's possible but very difficult. You should find out what exactly the will states and whether the house was still in your mother's name.

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Can I as a Zimbabwean travel to South Africa to give my child my surname?

Yes, your child can bear your name. You can travel to South Africa if you have a relative visa.

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