SA’s working dads to get 10 days of paternity leave, Twitter reacts – North Coast Courier

by pregnancy journalist

President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Labour Relations and Labour Amendment acts into law on Friday. The Labour Amendment Act also includes provisions for 10 weeks of parental adoption leave if the baby is under the age of 2 years (applies to one parent only) and surrogacy leave, as well as increased UIF and maternity benefits. This is a landmark achievement not only for heterosexual couples starting families but also for the LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and intersex) community.

This essentially means that working fathers will now be able to take off 10 days of leave compared to three when their children are born or adopted.

Africa Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley, who was a principal force behind the legislation, said: “The ACDP welcomes news of the signing into law of these historic pro-worker laws.”

A huge congrats again, Che xxhttps://t.co/OPlUbpHZc3

— Cheryllyn Dudley (@cheryllyndudley) November 27, 2018

“It has been an honour and a privilege for me to have been instrumental through the labour laws amendment bill in adding to this victory,” she added.

Dudley picked from where Hendri Terblanche’s petition left off to propose the bill to parliament to allow men time off work to help care for their newborns.

Terblanche said: “This is an achievement that every South African can be proud of.”

NGO Sonke Gender Justice said it was “an incredible victory for parents in SA”.

Sonke added: “Parental leave for fathers creates a valuable opportunity for fathers to do unpaid care work and to bond with their children. Child development research is clear on the fact that a child bonds with the adults that provide for their basic survival needs, in other words, the adults who care for them,” according to Sonke.

The news was well received on social media but some felt that 10 days was not enough:

Exciting to hear that fathers will now have the right to 10 days paid paternity leave, to bond with their newly born. Thanks to you @cheryllyndudley .
Congratulations #NationBuilders @RevMeshoe @A_C_D_P @deptoflabour https://t.co/rhkAvKRRt8

— Sifiso Ngwenya (@SifisoNgwenya_1) November 26, 2018

SA should move towards a shared parental leave system. Leaving it to parents to decide how to split it. If a company has a childcare policy then it applies regardless of sex. 10 days still not enough to equalize childcare responsibility between men & women https://t.co/1hUjGwYEXX

— Gwen Ngwenya (@GwenNgwenya) November 27, 2018

Paternity leave should be a Month, at least…

— Mtswala (@TsikiMabala) November 27, 2018

How many babies per year?
Asking for a friend.🤔 pic.twitter.com/r7MGwGo2UU

— Ask Malume 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇱🇸 (@AskMalume) November 26, 2018

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