Working Fathers in South Africa

Does the law require paternity leave for new fathers? Yes
What is the total duration of paid paternity leave at the time of delivery? 3 days
What is the wage replacement rate for paternity leave? 100 % of normal wage
Who pays for paternity leave? Employer
Does the law require parental leave for parents? No
Does the law require that parents with minor children or workers with other family responsibilities be provided with flexible time or part time work options? No

More about paternity leave:

In accordance with section 27 of the BCEA, workers with at least 4 months of service are entitled to fully paid family responsibility leave of 3 days during each annual leave cycle (12 months). Family responsibilities include the birth of a child, among other family events.

Upon the request of the employer, a worker must provide reasonable proof of the event necessitating family responsibility leave. In other words, if the employee’s child is born, a birth certificate and possibly proof of paternity should be provided to the employer.

Source: § 27 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 1997 (last amended in 2014)

More about parental leave:

No provisions could be located in the law supporting parental leave for new parents after exhaustion of maternity leave.