It could easily happen that a South African citizen passes away while overseas. This article looks at how to handle this situation and what needs to be done.
Why do you need a death certificate?
The Births and Deaths Registration Act No. 51 of 1992 (“the Act”) requires that a person’s death be reported to specific officers at the Department of Home Affairs, amongst others.
Obtaining a death certificate is necessary in order to administer a deceased estate. The person who has been appointed as the executor must take the death certificate to the Master of the High Court and apply for a letter of executorship or a letter of authority, depending on the size of the estate.
How do you obtain a death certificate?
Typically, the Department of Home Affairs