I was on a flight to East London last week when I started feeling hot, agitated and generally highly vexed. It wasn’t the usual turbulence over Joburg at this time of year. I glugged the lukewarm beverage I had bought on board just to still my swiftly fraying nerves. I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

On page three of Business Day a huge headline shouted: “Law reform body proposes maternity support grant for poor pregnant women.”..

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