- The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 lowered the majority age to 18 years
- Children over the age of 12 years who has the sufficient maturity and has the mental capacity to understand the benefits and risks and other implications of the treatment may consent to his/her own medical treatment or to medical treatment of his or her child and if duly assisted by his parent/guardian may consent to performance of a surgical operation of him or his child.
- Contraceptives other than condoms may be provided to a child who is twelve years or older upon request and without he consent of his parent or caregiver but only if he has received proper medical advice and has undergone and medical examination to de
- A child who is twelve years or older is competent to consent to an HIV test, no assessment of his emotional or intellectual maturity is required. A child younger than 12 years old can consent if he has sufficient maturity
Regardless of whether an HIV test is voluntary or mandatory he child must receive pre and post counseling from an appropriate trained person
With the recognition that serious and potential harmful