There is no doubt that there are immense social needs in SA’s unequal and poverty-stricken society, and deciding which ones to address within a constrained fiscal envelope requires an assessment of their relative importance and affordability. 

It is within this context that the proposals by the SA Law Reform Commission for maternity benefits to be extended to poor and self-employed women must be evaluated ( Both an Unemployment Insurance Fund benefit for maternity leave and the extension of the child-support grant to pregnant mothers for six months of pregnancy is envisaged. ..

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