5 diseases that can keep you out of the office for months

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Some people need extended sick leave from work.
Some people need extended sick leave from work.

Let’s face it; most of us need to work to put food on the table. Some of us are lucky enough to work for ourselves, but the rest of us have an employer who needs us to be productive in order to keep the business afloat.

In South Africa, workers may take the number of days they would normally work in a six-week period for sick leave on full pay in a three-year period. In the first six months that you work, however, you are entitled to one day's paid sick leave for every 26 days that you worked. 

But what if you have a disease that will keep you out of the office for much longer, and does this mean that your employer can fire you if you are forced by illness or disability to spend more time away from work?

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