How much maternity pay do I get?

In South Africa, maternity pay is provided through the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for eligible individuals who contribute to the fund. The amount of maternity pay you receive from the UIF is calculated based on your average monthly earnings during a specified period before your maternity leave. The UIF typically pays a percentage of your … Read more

How early can you take maternity leave?

In South Africa, maternity leave can typically start up to four weeks before the expected due date. According to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, this is the standard period allowed for starting maternity leave before childbirth. However, there are situations where maternity leave can commence earlier if a medical practitioner certifies it as necessary … Read more

Can I start maternity leave after baby is born?

Yes, in South Africa, you have the option to start maternity leave after the baby is born. Maternity leave can begin either four weeks before the expected due date or on the actual date of birth, whichever you prefer. It’s also possible to start maternity leave later if there are medical reasons or complications during … Read more

When should I claim maternity leave?

In South Africa, you can claim maternity leave any time from four weeks before the expected date of birth, or when a medical professional certifies it as necessary for your health or that of your baby. It’s typically advisable to notify your employer about your intended maternity leave and provide the necessary medical documentation as … Read more

When should I apply for maternity pay?

In SA, working moms get up to four months of paid maternity leave. In order to take care of your newborn without too many financial worries, you’ll need to fill in a few documents and pay a visit (or three) to the Department of Home Affairs. But here’s a rough guide for new moms looking … Read more