Statistic South Africa (Stats SA) has released a report detailing live birth stats in the country from last year. According to the report, nearly 62% of live births registered in 2017 did not include details of the baby’s father.
2017 saw a 2.1% increase in live births, bringing the number to 989 318 births. However, of those births, only 37.3% were recorded with information about the father.
The results of Stats SA’s report coincides with recent research conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the South African Race Relations Institute (SARRI). They found that 60% of children in South Africa have absent fathers and 40% of mothers in the country are single parents.
By: Mikayla Tetreault, Staff Writer