Maternity and paternity Leave Provision in SADC Member States

Positive progress has been made in this area as all to note that all SADC Member States have provisions for maternity leave ranging from 12 weeks to 4 months with pay. Paternity leave provision is generally a short period of leave for the father immediately following childbirth.

SADC (Southern African Development Community) is a regional organization consisting of 14 Member Countries

COUNTRY

MATERNITY LEAVE PROVISIONS

PATERNITY LEAVE PROVISIONS

Angola

13 weeks (100%)

1 Day unpaid

Botswana

13 weeks (100%)

None

Congo (DRC)

15 weeks (67%)

2 Days (100%)

Lesotho

12 weeks (No employer obligation to pay)

None

Madagascar

14 weeks (100% - 50% Social insurance, 50% Employer)

3 days - private sector 15 days - public sector

Malawi

8 weeks (100%)

None

Mauritius

12 weeks (100%)

1 week (100%)

Mozambique

12 weeks (100%)

1 day (100%)

Namibia

13 weeks (100%)

None

Seychelles

14 weeks (flat rate for 12 weeks thereafter unpaid leave for the remainder)

1 week (100%)

South Africa

16 weeks (100% unpaid although discretionary payment at the option of the employer)

10 days (100%)

Swaziland

12 weeks (100% for 2 weeks)

None

Tanzania

12 weeks (100%)

3 days (100%)

Zambia

12 weeks (100%)

1 week (unpaid)

Zimbabwe

14 weeks (100%)

None

 

 

 

Source: SADC Member States - labour Acts

 

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