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The child will have to apply for temporary visas to be legal, and apply for citizenship when they are 18 if they have only lived in South Africa.
You can phone their hotline but you will probably have better luck if you get help from a non-government organisation.
It would be best if you can get another trusted adult to go with you, but sometimes these processes at Home Affairs prove difficult.
It would be helpful if one of your relatives came forward as a parental figure or guardian to help you apply.
Yes, your child can bear your name. You can travel to South Africa if you have a relative visa.
Everyone born in South Africa has the right to a birth certificate. You should be able to get a copy from Home Affairs.
You can apply for a temporary spousal visa or a spousal permit.
You could make a sworn affidavit explaining your circumstances, but you may need legal help.
Possibly. In terms of the 2018 judgement in the Naki case, Home Affairs should accept and consider your application.
It depends during which stage of lockdown the baby was born.