So. Africa: Companies urged to provide more generous parental, particularly paternal, leave

Author: Czerina Patel, GroundUp, Published on: 11 September 2015

'Will SA have more parental leave soon?', 11 Sep 2015:…“…[P]rogressive companies…recognise…that keeping good staff is better…than having to rehire regularly," says Jonathan Muthige, Director of Human Resources at…Pick n Pay which…offer[s]…one of the most expansive parental leave policies in the country…Mothers get 11 months of paid maternity leave…and fathers…eight days…but [they] can also share the…maternity leave with mothers if both parents have worked at the company for more than eight months…[M]ost South African dads get no paid paternity leave…[and only] three days of family responsibility leave [annually]…[W]hen Hendri Terblanche became a dad to premature twins…he…started a petition calling for ten days of paternity leave…“Ten days…is not enough,” says Kerryn Rehse from…”Mosaic, and…Sonke Gender Justice…[r]ecently…developed a…campaign called 1000-100-10. “Coupled with 10 days of paternity leave, we are calling for 100 days of additional leave…for each parent in the first 1,000 days,” says Wessel van den Berg…[of] Sonke…

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Related companies: Pick n Pay Virgin Group