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You can either brief lawyers or obtain the letter through one of the law firms that advertise this service. That would take 4 to 6 weeks and is quite expensive.
You can apply for a Section 26 (B) Life Partner Permit, which is a permanent resident permit that caters for people who are in a long term relationship, but who have not married, as in your case.
You need to apply online for a critical skills visa through VFS Global, the company that handles all Home Affairs applications.
Your frustration with Home Affairs is understandable. You may want to get legal assistance.
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..
Asylum seekers (i.e. people who do not hold refugee status) may apply for a residence permit.
Your husband can appeal to the Minister of Home Affairs.
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.