In a recent study by Statistics SA, done on 14 and 15-year-olds in the Western Cape, at least 20%, or one in five, attempted suicide over the past year.

According to the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP), there has been a marked increase in mental health issues among young people.

SASOP says these issues had been aggravated by the isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns.

Board member at SASOP, Dr. Alicia Porter, says the failure in policies and proper implementation of these policies adds to the lack of mental health support services in the country.

Porter says the demand far exceeds the resources that are available.

Read the complete SASOP statement here.

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Agri SA has congratulated South African farmers and farming communities for their hard work that has led to the significant growth in the sector over the past year.

Statistics SA yesterday released its latest GDP-growth figures which show that the agri-sector had an impressive 12.2-percent growth in the last quarter of 2021 – the highest of all economic sectors in the country.

Chief Economist at Agri SA Kulani Siweya says this output has contributed significantly to the 4.9% growth recorded in SA’s GDP in Q4.

Read more here.

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