By Iviwe Makhasi
Mothers between the ages of 10 and nineteen make up about 10% of all births in South Africa, and more boys are born as a whole, according to the country’s latest statistics. A total of 1,003,307 births are registered in 2020, which is a decrease of 48,004 compared to 2019. This is according to the 2020 birth statistics published by South Africa, released.
A shocking statistic revealed that over 100 000 births recorded in South Africa were born to teenage moms, what was particularly disturbing was that children as young as ten were giving birth 688 births recorded by home affairs revealed that the moms were only 10 years old.
As noted in previous years, most births occur in women between the ages of 25 and 29 (26%), followed closely by those aged 20 to 24 (24.2%), and even those aged 30-34 (21.9%).).
“Births occurring in these age groups (20-34 years) represent 72% of births that occur and are registered by 2020. More than 9% of births occur to adolescents aged 15-19; while 0.4% of births occur to adolescents “Mothers between the ages of 40 and older account for 4% of births, while 1.3% of births were unexplained,” said Stats SA.
Consequences of covid-19 and national ban policies such as closure of home affairs offices by a 9.2% decrease in the number of newborns registered within 30 days and an increase in late enrollment.
The months of April, October, and November show slow registration within the first 30 days of birth. This pattern deviates from the previous registered birth rate by 30 days. Differences in gender births indicate that there is a slightly higher birth rate for boys than girls and the 102nd gender birth rate for boys is 100 per 100 births for girls.
“By the year 2020, 64% of babies born were unaware of their fathers, which means that the knowledge of natural fathers is unknown,” Stats SA said.