With Child Protection Week coming to an end this weekend, roleplayers have again called on Government to urgently intervene to address the rapid increase in pregnancies recorded among teenage girls.

In 2020 alone, more than 35,000 teenage girls, aged 17 years and younger, give birth in South Africa.

National Executive Director at Child Welfare SA, Dr. Benny Obayi says this is not a new phenomenon in South Africa.

He says what is of concern is the marked increase in teenage pregnancies that have been recorded over the past 2 years.

Obayi says teenage pregnancies have seen a worrying increase since the implementation of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdowns.

He urges the Government to ramp up sex education at schools to help young people make better sexual-health decisions.

Obayi also says the lack of access to social and academic activities during the lockdown has led young people to experiment with sex.

He says being pregnant not only holds physical dangers for teenage mothers but also has other long-term impacts on their social welfare.

Get the latest updates from Child Welfare South Africa here.

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The President of the SA Rugby Union (SARU) Mark Alexander again urged the government to immediately reinstate the 100% capacity at the country’s rugby stadiums.

Alexander says the sport is currently under heavy financial pressure, due to the two years of lockdown restrictions, and the 50% limit at major sporting events.

He says rugby tournaments can generate up to R18.6-billion this year if fully attended.

Alexander urges the government to lift the attendance restrictions before July when the Springboks play their first Test for 2022.

Alexander says it’s unfair that shopping malls are allowed to receive large numbers of people on a daily basis, while sporting events have to be content with half-empty stadiums.

He says it is extremely important for the sport if it wants to survive this financial year, that more people should be allowed at stadiums.

Get the latest SARU updates here and here.

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The SA Wind Energy Association has urged the Government to accelerate measures to increase the production of power from renewable energy sources.

With the country last week experiencing several bouts of loadshedding, the organization says ramping up the supply of electricity through renewable sources will see more power gradually become available to the national grid.

CEO of the SA Wind Energy Association, Niveshen Govender says land should be made available where wind farms can be erected.

Govender says loadshedding continues to severely impact businesses.

Read more here.

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