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Fewer Births in South Africa - Survey

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that childbirths as a proportion of the total South African population are at a record low for the first time in more than two decades.

In a press statement, SAIRR researcher, Thuthukani Ndebele, points out that, "Women are choosing to delay childbirth and ultimately have fewer children, so that the number of babies born per 1 000 people in a given year is shrinking."

Mama Africa Award Launched

The Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) has launched its ‘Mama Africa Award’ to improve maternal and newborn health and survival across the continent.

CARMMA, an African Union Commission initiative to intensify the implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action for the reduction of maternal mortality in the Africa region, says that nominations are open to people in Africa whose efforts have in one way or another saved lives.

Africa’s Population to Increase – Report

Africa's population is projected to peak at 2.7 billion in the year 2060, according to the State of the Future report, which was launched in Johannesburg.

Chairperson of the South African Node of the Millennium Project, Geci Karuri-Sebina, says the question that should be asked is, "What will those people be doing for a living then?"

Karuri-Sebina says there are steps that the continent could take to try and pave a way forward in preparing for the continent's expected population.

Activists Slam Zuma’s Comments About Women

Gender Links has lashed out at President Jacob Zuma for saying it is not good for women to be single, the Mail&Guardian website reported on Wednesday.

Gender Links CEO, Colleen Lowe Morna, points out that, "It's unfortunate that these comments get made during women's month."

Speaking about his daughter, Duduzile’s marriage on SABC3’s People of the South, Zuma was quoted as saying that:

Population Adds to Planet’s Pressure Cooker – Experts

The world’s surging population is a big driver of environmental woes but the issue is complex and solutions are few. This is according to experts attending a four-day meeting on Earth’s health, Planet Under Pressure.

Director of the Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, Sarah Harper, states that, “If you have economic development and you educate women, and women get labour market opportunities, they tend not only to reduce the number of children but crucially to delay when they start having children.”

Fertility Rate on the Decline – SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that fertility rates in South Africa are on the decline.

In its latest survey, the SAIRR found that there will be a drop of 17 percent in the birth rate between 2010 and 2040.

SAIRR researcher, Thuthukani Ndebele, points out that the low fertility rates combined with reduced mortality and increased life expectancy, will result in a growing proportion of older people thereby decreasing numbers of children and young people.

Contraception Not to Ban Blame for Population Growth

The United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) says the Catholic Church's ban on the use of contraception is not to blame for the world's population boom because most of them ignore it.

The world's seventh billion person, who was born today into what the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, calls a ‘world of contradiction’ and facing an uphill battle if it is on the wrong side of the poverty line.

Today has been set as a symbolic day for hitting the 7 billion mark, however the UNPF division says it is impossible to know the specific time or day.

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