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southafricalogoThe Sunday Times reports that countless fathers have been left out in the cold after the government failed to make good on new legislation giving them 10 days’ paid paternity leave.  

An amendment to the law was ratified last November and 1 January was earmarked for implementation, but the Department of Labour has not implemented it.  Men currently do not qualify for any paid paternity leave.  Labour lawyer Michael Bagraim, who joined the fight for the new legislation, said he was “gobsmacked” that six months had passed since the new legislation was approved.  Hendri Terblanche, of Cape Town, began the campaign for paternity leave five years ago after his twins were born prematurely.  “Why should South Africans be penalised for government departments not operating as they should?” he asked.  Labour department spokesperson, Thembinkosi Mkalilpi, said parental leave was “passed by parliament and signed into law by the president”, but the UIF was “not ready with their systems”.  UIF spokesperson Lungelo Mkamba said on Thursday:  “We are busy finalising regulations and working around the clock to be systems-ready before we start implementation.  The matter is receiving our urgent attention and we hope to start the implementation soon.”

  • Read more of Tanya Farber’s The Sunday Times report on this story at SA Labour News

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