I now pronounce you, …

In 2008, there were 186,522 civil marriages, 16,003 customary marriages, and 732 civil unions. In 2007 there were 80 civil unions. (StatsSA Marriages and Divorces, 2008)

This week’s theme: Husbands and wives

5 responses to “I now pronounce you, …

  1. Sammy

    11 years Ago

    What is a civil union?

    1. amnon

      11 years Ago

      According to the Civil Union Act (2006), a civil union means “the voluntary union of two persons who are both 18 years of age or older, which is solemnised and registered by way of either a marriage or a civil partnership, in accordance with the procedures prescribed in this Act”.

      This effectively allows men to “marry” men, and women to “marry” women.

  2. Brigitte

    11 years Ago

    I got some stats from Home Affairs and they are quite different with regards to Civil union marriages………

    CIVIL UNION MARRIAGES FROM DEC 2006 UP TO FEBRUARY 2008

    PROVINCE DEC 06 JAN 07 FEB 07 MAR 07 APR 07 MAY 07 JUN 07 JUL 07 AUG 07 SEP 07 OCT 07 NOV 07 DEC 07 JAN 08 FEB 08
    WC 7 12 11 24 23 19 14 13 10 18 15 21 22 2 22
    NC 1 8 1 5 3 4 1 2 3 2
    EC 7 11 3 1 3 2 5 5 1 2 1 4 3 5
    KZN 8 19 10 14 9 10 6 6 2 11 9 10 9 3 4
    FS 1 2 3 5 8 5 3 1 2 2 1 1
    NW 1 1 2 1
    MPL 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1
    LIM 1 1 1 2 3 2 1 2 1
    GTNG 27 45 37 52 51 34 10 29 51 22 48 27 27 38 51
    TOTAL 53 100 68 102 100 72 36 64 69 57 78 69 67 50 85

    1. amnon

      11 years Ago

      Our source document, “Marriages and divorces 2008, P0307” from StatsSA says

      2.3.1 Trends in the registration of civil unions (2007-2008)
      In 2007, 80 civil unions were registered. A year later, the number of registrations had increased to 732.

      It seems like our official stats bodies show conflicting numbers.

  3. Natan

    11 years Ago

    Who is allowed to have a customary marriage and/or a civil union? Can I be a for example (and I am not saying I am) be a married straight white guy and through customary marriage means (I presume polygamy) have a civil union with another man (my accountant for eg)? Does someone check to see if the civil union is consumated and does one have to consumate “marriage”, “customary marriage” and/or “civil union” to be considered “hitched” (to use a politically correct term)?

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