Bumper year for Dlaminis

2015-09-02 09:48

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THE YEAR 2014 was a bumper year for the Dlaminis with more children born with that surname than any other in South Africa.

The most popular names for girls and boys in 2014 were Junior and Iminathi (Stand with us) while more boys than girls entered the world.

But according to Statistics SA’s ­Recorded Live Births 2014 report which was made public yesterday, there has been a general decrease in births countrywide over the last three years, with an expert believing we are in for a major decrease in less than a decade.

The data revealed the same trend in uMgungundlovu (Pietermaritzburg) and eThekwini Metro and for KZN as a whole. The only district to show growth in terms of births, was Sisonke which jumped by 1 704 births to 8 723.

Demographer, lecturer and research fellow at UKZN’s population and development studies department, Nompumelelo Nzimande, said the decrease was expected and did not “surprise or shock” her.

“There are two reasons for the increase; firstly, women are having fewer children and secondly, the number of women of reproductive age is also decreasing,” said Nzimande.

She said KZN has a large number of women of child bearing age, but as is the global trend, fertility has been decreasing. Economics would also be an underlying factor. Other issues to consider are that people in South Africa, after having their first child, tend to wait before having a second. “We could be in a cycle where there are more couples delaying having a second child,” Nzimande said.

She said child births will always be “up and down” and will “continue to fluctuate” for several years more. “By our estimates we will start to see a drastic decrease in child births within the next seven to eight years and once the decline starts, it doesn’t seem to stop.

“There are lots of things competing with child bearing such as careers and lifestyles. The value of children has also changed as have family living patterns.”

She said as people become more independent, live longer and mortality rates drop, so does the number of child births.

The Live Births 2014 report shows 1 161 159 live births were registered at the Department of Home Affairs, 274 957 of these being late registrations for births that occurred in previous years with most children born by women aged 20-29.

Most of these births were to women aged 20–29 years in KZN and Gauteng during September

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