Triplets a real financial handful
Elijar Mushiana and Victor Hlungwani
A woman blessed with triplets last month is in dire need of financial support to raise the children.
The unemployed woman, Mavis Mahlaule, 33, of Jim-Nghalalume village near Giyani in Limpopo, gave birth to two bouncing sons and a daughter on June 20 at the Nkhensani Hospital in Giyani.
She told Sowetan at the weekend that her husband, Patrick, worked as a bus transport manager in Giyani, but his salary was insufficient to take care of the babies' needs.
Mahlaule said she was forced to breast-feed the babies even though she was not sure she had enough breast-milk.
She said she had to feed them for at least 15 hours a day.
It was not the first time Mahlaule has had more than one baby. In 2001 she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. She also has a daughter born in 1995.
Mahlaule applauded the work done by hospital nurses at the time she gave birth during the public servants' strike.