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Organ donations in the spotlight

Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha says people are dying due to a shortage of organ donors.

South Africa has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the world. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the world, Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha said on Tuesday.

He met with the Organ Donor Foundation at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town to launch an awareness campaign around the issue.

Less than one percent of South Africa's population is registered to donate organs.

Gugu Motlometsi has been waiting for a kidney since 2011.

The 30-year-old remains upbeat that she will eventually get a transplant before it is too late.

The mother of two from Milnerton says she will not give up as she wants to see her children grow up.

She is one of 4,500 South Africans waiting for an organ transplant.

Less than 600 of these procedures are done every year in the country.

Botha says people are dying due to a shortage of donors in the country.