Christmas Day, 25 December saw 173 babies born across the province, with 272 babies being born on New Year’s Day, according to the Limpopo Department of Health.
Department spokesperson, Derek Kganyago said on Christmas Day 139 boys and 133 girls were born in hospitals across the province. On New Year’s Day, 116 boys and 108 girls were born.
“Surprisingly no twins, triplets or quadruplets were born on these days this time around,” Kganyago said.
He further said during a visit to some of the new parents, Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba expressed concern that several of the new mothers are still teenagers. “The MEC will be addressing this matter in the months to come,” Kganyago added.
Mabatho Sihlangu (25) said she feels blessed that her son, Ivan was born on Christmas Day. Ivan weighed 3,120 kg and was born at Netcare Pholoso Hospital.
Mother for the fourth time, Dimakatso Maruma-Machaba (31) said her son, born at Mediclinic Limpopo also on Christmas Day – weighing 3,120 kg – had not yet been named as she wanted to be sure he was given the perfect name for such a special baby.
Both Koena Mpherwane and Tsakani Mathebula, who declined to give their ages, said their newborn girls, both born on New Year’s Day, were a blessing to them. Mpherwana’s baby, Lesego weighed 3,48 kg at birth, while Mathebula’s baby, Kuvonakala Blessing Nkuna, weighed 3,3 kg.
Kganyago said the department congratulates all new mothers. “New life is a precious gift indeed,” he concluded.
Story and photos: KAREN VENTER