2 minute read
6 Mar 2020
6:27 am

It’s time to think about paid parental leave, for society’s sake

The humane thing to do is to have employers pay for maternity or paternity leave. It will not bankrupt them.

New parents.

A big social problem facing South Africa is the instability of the family unit. A lot of that is because of poverty and because there are many single parent-headed households. The government is aware of this and has an uphill battle in dealing with the problem, but it has also failed to take the opportunity to make childbirth easier for people who are in employment – the very people who will be the foundation stones of stable families. It is difficult to believe that a government which claims to be socialist in its outlook and for whom providing a better...