Financial Manager Henri Terblanche recently started a campaign that will see men being able to have a 10-day paternity leave. The non-for-profit organisation National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has acknowledged the petition and we spoke to Wessel van den Berg from the MenCare programme of NCOP. Wessel said that the 10-day paternity leave will helpthe relationship between the father and newborn, as both will have time to establish a bond. More importantly, Wessel said, is that it will relieve the mother, as the father would be able to help her out. He also told us about a recent case in which a same-sex male couple at UCT was only allowed 6 days leave between them. Wessel think it's great that there is a buzz for the matter now, but thinks that it will take a couple of years before a 10-day paternity leave will be enshrined in law.
There are countries in Scandinavia that have a very progressive policy when it comes to paternity leave. In Sweden for instance, men and women are allowed 60-days off each and then have the possibility of sharing 360 days amongst the mother and the father (source: Guardian, 2013).