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Alarming stats for teen pregnancy

Statistics South Africa has revealed that more than 99,000 teenagers fell pregnant in 2013.

FILE: The latest survey conducted by Stats SA shows the teenage pregnancy has been on the rise since 2011. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG Statistics South Africa has revealed that more than 99,000 teenagers fell pregnant in 2013.

The City Press newspaper is reporting the latest survey conducted by the service as part of its general household research shows that teenage pregnancy has been on the increase over the past three years.

The latest survey conducted by Stats SA shows the teenage pregnancy has been on the rise since 2011.

In that year, 68,000 teenagers fell pregnant while 8,100 was recorded in 2012 and now 99,000 recorded in 2013.

The newspaper says education officials including the SA Council for Educators, the Department of Education and Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi have labelled the latest figure a crisis and unheard of.

KwaZulu-Natal has the highest teenage pregnancy rate with more than 26,000 recorded followed by the Eastern Cape with more than 20,000 and Limpopo with more than 13,000.

Gauteng is fifth on the list with more than 9,000 pregnancies recorded in 2013.