Answers to your questions

Have a question you would like answered? Email us and we may answer it. The questions here are based on ones from our readers, with identifying information removed.

How do I change my status from asylum seeker to resident?

A person applying for temporary residence has to apply from outside of the country, but you can get an exemption from this by applying to Home Affairs through VFS Global..

Read more

Can I buy a plot of land from the municipality?

As far as we can establish, municipal land is only sold by a tender process after it is advertised for public participation.

Read more

Can I apply for an affordable flat in the new building in Sea Point?

The block of flats (which will be called “The Fulcrum”) has not yet been built.

Read more

Can my sister, who waited ten years for a house, be rejected from getting one because she has since got married?

Marriage does not disqualify her from getting an RDP house, unless her husband’s income is above R3,500 a month.

Read more

What can I do to stop my former landlord giving bad references about me to agents?

You can approach the Housing Tribunal and ask that your former landlord be stopped from giving bad references.

Read more

Home Affairs told me that asylum seekers cannot apply for permanent residence. Doesn't this contradict a Constitutional Court ruling?

Asylum seekers (i.e. people who do not hold refugee status) may apply for a residence permit.

Read more

Home Affairs declared my husband an undesirable person for five years because he overstayed his visit. Can this be overturned?

Your husband can appeal to the Minister of Home Affairs.

Read more

How do I get Home Affairs to give me my birth certificate?

Home Affairs says that the waiting period for an unabridged birth certificate is three to eight weeks, but many people have complained of delays of many months.

Read more

Police officers arrested my friend for filming them assault someone. Are they allowed to do that?

It is entirely legal to film police arresting – or assaulting – someone.

Read more

How do I go about getting permission to use the curb in front of my house as part of my driveway?

In Cape Town, you can contact the department at 080 065 6463 and they can direct you further.

Read more