Whyburd

I live in Australia and would like to know how to find out about my South African family.
I have researched ancestry in the UK and was wondering if SA had the same sort of BMD registration and if they do how can I search them? Also is there a way to search parish registers? My mothers surname was October (makes it very difficult to search effectively) my grandmothers maiden name was Whyburd.
From family stories the Whyburd family came from Kent in England and the October name came from the name of the month that a slave was freed?
I believe that there is a Whyburd family plot in Maitland cemetery, Woltemade gate 9?
The family lived in the suburb of Observatory. Any information you can help with would be gratefully received.

Di Aindow

diaindow@gmail.com
from Brisbane Queensland, Beautiful One Day Perfect The Next!