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Child Care Amendment Act 96 of 1996

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96 of 1996

The Child Care Amendment Act 96 of 1996 intends:

  • to amend the Child Care Act, 1983 [repealed in 2010], so as
  • to amend, insert or delete certain definitions;
  • to provide for legal representation for children;
  •  to shift the focus from the unable or unfit parent to the child in need of care;
  • to further regulate the provisions relating to the adoption of children;
  • to provide for the registration of shelters;
  • to extend the inspection of children's homes and places of care;
  • to further regulate the medical treatment of children;
  • to further regulate the notification in respect of injured children;
  • to provide for the delegation of powers to the provinces;
  • to extend the application of the Act to the former TBVC states and self-governing territories;
  • to repeal certain laws; and
  • to provide for incidental matters.


  • 1 November 1995, Section 2
  • 1 July 1997, Section 4
  • 1 July 1996, Section 5