Finance & Legal


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Women open up about the pain of having deadbeat co-parents

According to family counsellor Pearl Ramotsamai, the issue of papgeld remains prevalent within our society for several reasons.

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Unmarried parent? Know your rights

It’s important to know where you stand with South Africa’s Children’s Act, especially if you’re not married. Both parents have certain rights and obligations, and familiarising yourself with the basics could save you a great deal of trouble.

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"We can't exploit people on the pretext that half a loaf is better than nothing": Readers respond to the minimum rates for domestic workers and nannies

Opinions galore! Here's what Parent24 readers had to say about the minimum rates for domestic workers and nannies set for 2019 and beyond.

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UPDATED: What is the minimum wage for domestic workers and nannies 2019?

Here are the minimum rates for domestic workers and nannies, valid from 3 December 2018.

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Single parents react to school fee exemption ruling

Readers share their thoughts on the new Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that single parents may have their application for exemption of school fees assessed on their own financial situation, and not on a combined income with their child's other parent.

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"There is a massive difference between a spank on the buttocks and child abuse": Readers respond

What is your take on smacking children as a means of disciplining them?

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School fee exemptions made easier for single parents

Being a single parent can be rather tough, but the new Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that single parents may have their application for exemption of school fees assessed on their own financial situation, and not on their and their child's other parent's combined income, could be of some help.

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Is corporal punishment linked to lower school grades?

According to new research, children who experienced corporal punishment performed worse in maths, four years later.

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ConCourt to decide today on the use of smacking in the home

Today the Constitutional Court will decide whether corporal punishment in the home should continue to be allowed or whether it needs to be prohibited since it violates children’s rights.

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Court rules parents can inherit deceased daughter's Facebook account

After their daughter was killed by an underground train, parents of a 15-year-old girl asked Facebook for access to their daughter's data and messages, hoping to shed some light on what may have caused her death. After a long and protracted legal journey, the court today ruled in their favour.

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This is how much paid paternity leave dads get around the world

With SA's new parental leave bill taking effect soon, we look at how much time papas are getting to spend with their newborns locally and abroad.

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"No matter the colour of our skin, we are just plain human beings": Jackson Mthembu and our readers respond to Ma Lina's story

Domestic workers, nannies and minimum wage – after reading Kyla Mills's heart-warming story about the nanny that raised her, Ma Lina, our readers responded with a flood of their own heart-warming stories.

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For Ma Lina, and the many other domestic workers who raised us, while their own kids were going to bed without them

Kyla Mills spoke to Parent24 after her Facebook post about Ma Lina, the nanny she grew up with, went viral. But Kyla says she feels awkward because you shouldn't be praised for being decent to people, "especially the people who raised you". This is her response to the minimum wage debate and her heartwarming story about Ma Lina.

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OPINION: "Domestic workers will soon become a handful of people only the elite can afford"

Some people simply cannot afford to pay more than the minimum wage for their domestic workers and nannies, explains one reader.

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Godparent vs guardian: Debunking the myths

You're not alone if you thought the roles were one and the same, but not knowing the difference holds massive consequences for your child's future. Here a legal expert provides need-to-know information.

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"It hurts the pocket!" Your letters about expensive school uniforms

After receiving a letter from an understandably frustrated parent about the expense that is school uniforms, we asked: how do we tackle this issue? As usual, our readers didn't disappoint.

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OPINION: "We are forced to buy school uniforms that are too expensive for our children to only wear for a year"

A mom complains about the exorbitant prices of school uniforms, saying that parents have no choice. "What is going to be done to help the public with this issue?" she asks.

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4 reasons why some moms struggle to get child support grants in South Africa

The South African Social Security Agency, as well as family and friends of young women, need to be more supportive and accommodating to ensure women receive the assistance they need when applying for child support grants.

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Why it’s important to teach kids about money from a young age

Wealth coach Samke Mhlongo explains the importance of entrepreneurial skills for kids and tells us more about Mmmm Yum Kidz Tuckshop.

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How to get child support grants in South Africa

If you are in need of financial assistance, you can get a grant to help you raise the child you look after. Here's everything you need to know, from the South Africa Government Services.

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Opening a bank account for your child: which one is best?

It's never too early to start teaching your child about money. From account options and what they cost to the lessons they'll learn about responsibility and self-control, here's everything you need to know about opening your child's first bank account.

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"The money I earn is OURS": Our readers respond to sharing half their salary with their partners

After publishing an opinion piece in which a recently married, first-time dad explained why his stay-at-home partner deserves half his salary, our readers responded with rather positive and heartwarming stories of their own.


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