Limpopo has welcomed a total of 209 Christmas Babies in 2023, 50 of those from teenage mothers. Mopani District has the highest number of Babies with 58 followed by Vhembe with 49.

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There was a total of 50 teenage mothers as compared to 37 in 2023, an increase of 17. More Girls were born [106] as compared to the boys [103].

LIMPOPO CHRISTMAS BABIES BREAKDOWN BY DISTRICT:

  1. Vhembe District: 24 boys and 25 girls = 49 babies. Notable Mention: Mphambo CHC-01 delivery. 17 Teenage Mothers.
  2. Sekhukhune District: 18 boys and 17 girls = 35 babies. Notable Mention: Praktiseer Clinic – 01 delivery. 10 Teenage Mothers.
  3. Mopani District: 27 boys and 30 girls = 57 babies. Notable Mentions: Multiple clinics with deliveries, including two sets of twins from Nkhensani Hospital. 09 Teenage Mothers.
  4. Waterberg District: 07 boys + 13 girls = 20 babies. Notable Mentions: Thabaleshoba CHC-02 deliveries and Northam Clinic – 01 delivery. 08 Teenage Mothers.
  5. Capricorn District: 30 boys and 18 girls = 48 babies. Notable Mentions: Rachacha Health Centre-4 deliveries, Evelyn Lekganyane Health centre-01 delivery. 06 Teenage Mothers.

Grand Total: Boys = 106, Girls = 103, Total = 209 babies.

209 Christmas Babies in Limpopo
MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba welcomes Christmas Babies

STATISTICS COMPARISON FROM THE YEAR 2023

Teenage Mothers comparison with the previous year 2022: In 2022, there were 33 teenage mothers, and in 2023, the number rose to 50, indicating an increase of 17.

Comparison in Years: 2022: 217 Babies (118 boys, 99 girls). 2023: 209 Babies (106 boys, 103 girls). In 2023, the overall number of babies is eight less than in 2022.

MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has expressed concern about the increasing number of teenage mothers. She emphasized the need for various sectors to intervene and address this societal issue. Dr. Ramathuba was joined by the Executive Mayor of Capricorn District Municipality, Cllr. Mamedupi Teffo.

“We joyously embrace these precious arrivals and extend our heartfelt wishes for a life filled with happiness, robust health, and prosperity. In the midst of our festive celebrations, let us pause to acknowledge the invaluable gift of life that each of these little ones represents. To the parents and their families, may your holiday season be unforgettable, brimming with love, laughter, and abundant blessings,” expressed MEC Ramathuba.