14 Sets of twins at Tzaneen school


This might come as a surprise to some, but it isn’t an unusual occurrence for learners and teachers at Khujwana, which recorded more than 20 sets of twins about four years ago.

Deputy principal and Grade 7 teacher Simon Moagi, who only joined the school last year, was taken aback when he realised he’d come across the “same” girl from his previous class, “I asked her to stop playing games and go back to her class because I saw her in the previous class, and the class just laughed at me,” he said.

He then realised there was a twin brother, who too had a brother in the previous class. “I later came across two more sets of twins, which interested me and got me to start investigating the number of twins at the school,” he said.

He discovered that a total of 14 sets of twins are currently registered at the school; of the 14, 13 sets are in separate classes except for a pair of twin girls, Beyoncé and Bianca Shikwambana, in Grade R. Simon said, “Educators from the school believe that twins should not be in the same class as it might influence their performance; the two 6-year-old girls are exempted because this is their first year of school.”

According to the Government of South Australia website, there’s an increasing rate of twin pregnancies worldwide due to maternal age at conception and assisted reproduction.

- Koketso Mashika

Sources: www.health.sa.gov.au, African Eye News Service

Photo: Mr. Neville Makana

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