The Western Cape’s Department of Health confirmed that 201 babies were born on Christmas Day at public health facilities in the province.
According to the Provincial Health Minister, Nomafrench Mbombo, 117 little boys were born and 84 little girls. Mbombo said the first four Christmas babies were born in close succession.
Mbombo said, the first baby girl was born at Mossel Bay Hospital five minutes after midnight, a boy and a girl were born at 20 minutes after midnight at the Mitchell’s Plain Community Health Centre, while the fourth baby, a girl, was born at the Mowbray Maternity Hospital 28 minutes after midnight.
“Congratulations all new parents on the birth of their babies on this special day. I would like to wish them a lifetime of happiness. May your greatest times be spent together. I want to emphasise the importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life. Provide your baby with a safe environment and good nutrition.
“Make sure their immunisations are up to date and that you play an active role in their development by talking to them, playing with them, and supporting them to reach their milestones. The Department of Health look forward to joining you on this journey,” Mbombo said.
Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has described the late Desmond Tutu as a remarkable human being, who had such a profound impact on our country and its future.
“Our “Arch” has throughout his life been a shining light for justice, compassion and for kindness, and through his actions inspired me and many others worldwide to have hope that right will prevail over wrong.
“While he may have left us now, his light still shines brightly. It is up to each and every one of us to ensure it does so, by being the warriors for justice, for peace and for the kindness that he was throughout his life,” Winde said.