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That would be possible. You would need to go to your closest Home Affairs Office. They would basically require you to fill out a form and submit it. At the same time you will apply for your new ID and Passport etc reflecting your new surname. The documents will get processed and you will be notified if your application was successful.
Since you are changing it back to a former surname, there is very little chance that the application will be refused, in my opinion.
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Hi there and thank you for your question,
Home Affairs has requested that information to prove that you were originally a Lax. You'll need to get the documents for them. This could include your father's death certificate, and also your original vault copy of your birth certificate. Does the executor of your father's estate not have a copy of his death certificate that you can request? What about the Master of the High Court where your father's estate was wound up? They would have a copy of the death certificate on file. Ask them - if you have an estate late number for your father's estate.
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