The new year signals bundles of joy for South Africa, especially for the people of Gauteng, as about two hundred and eighty-four (284) babies were born in Gauteng.
The birth of about 284, babies took place in different health facilities in Gauteng‚ according to the province’s health department.
“With about 98% of our figures confirmed‚ the Gauteng Department of Health wishes to inform that more boys were born on New Year’s Day‚” said Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu who went on to say that there can be no better way of beginning a new year than bringing a new life on this earth.
“We are very pleased to have delivered about 284 babies (131 girls and 153 boys)‚ we wish them a long and healthy life‚” she said.
The health department also mentioned that the first baby born in Gauteng on New Year’s Day was delivered at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital at 00:01 on Sunday morning.
This was followed by the birth of about 30 babies in the afternoon of the same day, of which there were one set of twins and one set of triplets, the department further noted.
Tembisa Tertiary Hospital delivered 22 babies (9 girls and 16 boys); Thelle Mogoerane Hospital delivered 21 babies (10 girls and 11 boys); Jubilee Hospital delivered 13 babies (5 girls and 8 boys) and Leratong Hospital delivered 12 babies (6 girls and 6 boys).
The Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg delivered 26 babies — 12 girls and 14 boys.
George Mukhari Academic Hospital at Ga-Rankuwa north of Pretoria had a total of 25 babies‚ including one set of twins‚ born. Nine of children were girls and the remaining 16 boys.
Ten babies – 7 girls and 3 boys — were born at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital‚ while Kalafong Tertiary Hospital delivered 9 babies — 5 girls and 4 boys.
While hundreds rejoice for the gift of God given to them at the beginning of the new year, a number of others morn the death of their loved ones.
Six people reportedly lost their lives in separate incidents in the Johannesburg area on the new year eve.
Two of them were pedestrians who were knocked down by vehicles while the Four others lost their lives during assault incidents.
“We also attended to two fire incidents. There was one in George Koch informal settlement where about 15 shacks were destroyed when one of them caught fire. Fortunate part is that there were no injuries which were reported,” says Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi
He also said more than 250 emergency calls were reported last night alone.
“There was another incident in Zandspruit in which about 10 shacks also were destroyed when one of them caught fire and also there were no injuries which were reported.” he added.