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'28% of schoolgirls are HIV positive'

By Sibongile Mashaba Mpumalanga Correspondent | Mar 14, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 389 ]

AT LEAST 28% of schoolgirls are HIV positive while only 4% of young boys are infected with the virus in the country.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said this was a clear indication that old men were sleeping with young girls - a statistic he said "destroyed my soul".

AT LEAST 28% of schoolgirls are HIV positive while only 4% of young boys are infected with the virus in the country.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said this was a clear indication that old men were sleeping with young girls - a statistic he said "destroyed my soul".

"It is clear that it is not young boys who are sleeping with these girls. It is old men. We must take a stand against sugar daddies because they are destroying our children," Motsoaledi said.

Motsoaledi was speaking at the National Council of Provinces' "taking parliament to the people" event held at Silobela Stadium in Carolina, Mpumalanga, yesterday.

Motsoaledi said 94000 schoolgirls fell pregnant across the country in 2011. "Some [pregnant pupils] are known to the department of education, but there is a number which the education department does not know about.

"[About] 77 000 girls had abortions at public facilities. We can no longer live like that. We want to put an end to it," Motsoaledi said.

He said some pregnant girls - aged between 10 and 14 years of age - tested positive for HIV.

Motsoaledi said of the 52 districts in the country, Gert Sibande district in Mpumalanga topped the list with a high number of HIV-positive people.

"There is also a high number of TB infections ... there is a lot of death and a lot of illness here. It is for this reason that we chose the district to be one of the 11 in the country where the National Health Insurance programme will be piloted."

He said he met with Premier David Mabuza and his cabinet last week to discuss health issues in the province. "There are 50 clinics in the district and eight hospitals. We will demolish two hospitals and build new ones. Some clinics will be refurbished. All this will start in the coming financial year [starting on April 1]," Motsoaledi said.

Also, as from April 1 the department will start giving patients starting anti-retroviral treatment the single-dose combination pill.

The minister said every man in the Gert Sibande district should be circumcised.

Mpumalanga residents asked that clinics operating 12 hours a day should be open all day and night.

They also complained about shortages of medication and ambulances that took too long to arrive in their areas.

Newly appointed MEC for health Candith Mashego said the issues would be attended to. - mashabas@sowetan.co.za

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Who are these sugar daddies? I can assure you they are daddies who have families and kids of their own. The solution lies in the whole issue of moral regneration starting with the strengthening the family as the nucleus structure of a community and the broader nation. The current generation of dads are what grew up as waht was termed "CJB's" or "dijabana" - bana as babes - in their days. That was their favourite pass time in the Apartheid day because opportunities were not open to them. As old habits die hard, they still continue ka go ja bana...now bana as in babies. They need to be taught to become responsible fathers and this is where the question of a dedicated effort to bombard them with the message of moral rectitude becomes important.

Mar 14, 2013 12:57 | 0 replies

@HerRoyalDivaness
I do not think that what matters to us now is how well we defend ourselves from what people say, but how to curb this menace and be free from it.
@LESSON1
I bet you were hooked with a foreigner at a time hence the hate, i for one will not fight your battle. you made your choices, if they did not work out, deal with it. you have tried without success to make your problem a national issue and we will continue to resist it. Till now, i have not read any posting from you that is constructive towards solving the problem at hand. you must grow up and stop monopolizing stupidity , who knows if you are not a foreigner yourselves because any well meaning South African would not trivialize such a national issue like you have done here. In fact you are the enemy.

Mar 14, 2013 1:17 | 0 replies

@clean1
@ONEE
you are a disgrace, this is the reason we have refused to move on, the culture of looking elsewhere for who is the reason for our problems. I am sure you are one of those that sold yourself cheep to other foreign nationals but got disappointed hence the hate. Unless we stop this attitude, we can't be good parents hence the ills we have on our hands. at all cost let us stop any form xenophobic perpetration, not now that our police officers are on spot light for killing a Mozambique national a word is enough for a wise.
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You the one who is disgrace and lost, if you're so concern about our police on spot light, why dn't you go to Daveyton police station and climb on top of the police Van naked and raise all your concern, maybe some m0nkeys will start taking you Seriously !!

Mar 14, 2013 1:19 | 0 replies

@Pitso.MCCMA.SAFA
@LESSON1
@ONEE
@ 9janavy
"Leadership is problematic in RSA. If you handle a foreigner,who jumped bobwire fence to RSA,like a hero those would be the results" you nailed it, its the leadership problem in SA, and their culture of entitlement to abuse our tax to pay for their reckless sex lives, why was Fikile Mbalula expecting SAns to pay 14mil to Beyonce when he could have had a cheaper stripper paid in SAn rands in Chomee? These leaders don't know how to use our hard earned tax in order of priority, and its always anc leaders who have these tax spendthrifts sugar daddies.

Mar 14, 2013 1:19 | 0 replies

@CluCluxClan
Teach your child the correct path, they will seldom deviated: PERIOD! FULLSTOP! FINISH & KLAAR!!
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I agree with you if this includes parents, society and government.

Mar 14, 2013 1:19 | 0 replies

@ Lesson1
Judging on your comments, you a victim of single parenting and hopefully have never met your dad, chances that your dad was a foreigner are pretty high because how come he managed to hide for good, therefore my advise to you is work on your xenophic element and may be some one can assist you to meet your lost dad.

Mar 14, 2013 1:19 | 0 replies

@somaartakeit,
It looks as though before you start commenting on anything, the first question you always ask yourself is: Where does Zuma fit here? If the answer is nowhere, then you create the opening through backdoor and irrelevant arguments like in this case.
Of course I am not paedophile, I would never get involved with a women 30 years younger than I am. I was just pulling "your unsuspecting legs".

Sisi, please focus on the topic at hand and stop Zuma ranting.
You were stu'pid and irresponsible when growing up in the township b'cos your own parents did not do a good job in raisng you. They could have been absent as migrant workers, but still it's their fault, not Zuma's. The government and its leaders are responsible for more important things, and definitely not rasing Somaartakeit or her children. Get that one in your thick ranting crazy skull.

Mar 14, 2013 1:19 | 0 replies

@CluCluxClan
Teach your child the correct path, they will seldom deviated: PERIOD! FULLSTOP! FINISH & KLAAR!!
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How while goverment is giving them corridor of going naughty?

Mar 14, 2013 1:21 | 0 replies

@LESSON1
You the one who is disgrace and lost, if you're so concern about our police on spot light, why dn't you go to Daveyton police station and climb on top of the police Van naked and raise all your concern, maybe some m0nkeys will start taking you Seriously !!
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oh! now that i know you better, i understand your predicament. I am very sorry for responding to your coments.you also need help.

Mar 14, 2013 1:21 | 0 replies

@clean1
@LESSON1
I bet you were hooked with a foreigner at a time hence the hate, i for one will not fight your battle. you made your choices, if they did not work out, deal with it. you have tried without success to make your problem a national issue and we will continue to resist it. Till now, i have not read any posting from you that is constructive towards solving the problem at hand. you must grow up and stop monopolizing stupidity , who knows if you are not a foreigner yourselves because any well meaning South African would not trivialize such a national issue like you have done here. In fact you are the enemy.
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The enemy is hanging right there between your legs with 2 flat tyres !!


Mar 14, 2013 1:22 | 0 replies

Lesson1: Very very mature.

Mar 14, 2013 1:24 | 0 replies