Karabo Mokoena
Content producer
5 minute read
18 May 2019
11:00 am

Why I deem the law on maternity leave unfair

Karabo Mokoena

It is unrealistic for the law to expect mothers to take their full maternity leave without a salary.

I have a colleague who was almost 40 weeks pregnant, and she still came to work every day to clean the office and make us coffee. She loves what she does, and she is very good at it, but her work requires her to be on her feet the whole day. Luckily, we have hired a temp to take over the heavy duty work while she can sit and do the filing. An important question, in this case, is when is it a good time to take maternity leave? Another important element of this conversation is the employer’s responsibility with...