- The Vodacom Group has announced that it is moving away from gender norms when it comes to parental leave
- All employees, irrespective of gender or orientation, will now enjoy four months of paid leave
- The mobile giant explained that the aim is to support families with new children
Vodacom has announced on Tuesday that all employees, no matter which gender or sexual orientation, will enjoy 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave.
In a statement issued by the company, it was explained that any employee whose partner is having a baby, adopting a child or even using the surrogacy method will be able to take up to four months paid leave during the first 18 months.
“The move is derived from Vodacom’s new leave policy, which is designed to support families by giving every parent the opportunity to have more time with children new to their family. Under the new leave policy, employees will also be able to phase their return from parental leave by working the equivalent of a 30-hour week at full pay for a further two months."
Chief human resources officer Matimba Mbungela explained that the company has strong local roots and that diversity and inclusion are core beliefs:
“We are proud to support all families by giving every parent the opportunity to have more time with their children, without worrying about the impact on their finances or careers. The new parental leave policy further underlines our strong commitment to diversity and gender equality and will make a significant difference to thousands of Vodacom employees, particularly in markets where there is little or no legal requirement to give equal support for both parents.”
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that former minister Nomvula Mokonyane's personal assistant Sandy Thomas has testified at the State Capture Inquiry.
Thomas, who worked for Mokonyane for 20 years, detailed how the infamous BOSASA company would supply the minister with gifts, groceries and even perform routine maintenance and repairs at her personal residence.
After being accused of receiving numerous bribes from the company believed to be at the core of corruption linked to the ruling party, Mokonyane denied any wrongdoing and put forward that she is a victim of political sabotage instead.
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