Teenage pregnancy has become commonplace in our communities with about 90 000 learners falling pregnant in 2012, according to official statistics.
Health-e’s latest documentary, “Teen Pregnancy: Just a little bit of fun?,” follows three teen mothers who struggle to stay in school, provide for their new babies and negotiate changed relationships with boyfriends, families and communities after the births of their children.
“I didn’t plan to fall pregnant,” says Grade 10 student and new mother Ntaoleng Rakhetsi. “It was just something that happened whilst I was having a bit of fun.”
The programme also follows 19-year-old Dineo Hlako, who is writing her matric exams while eight months into an unplanned pregnancy. Dineo walks us through her emotional nine-month journey, from her initial shock, to considering abortion until the day she holds her baby in her arms.
She is determined to complete matric and study further, but will the pressures of expecting her first child hold her back from her dreams? Will she beat the odds and pass her exams?
This week on Cutting Edge, we explore South Africa’s teenage pregnancy crisis and its real-life implications for young people. We meet three young girls and watch how teen pregnancy changed their lives dramatically.
Tune into ”Teen Pregnancy: Just a little bit of fun?” Thursday, 27 February 2014 on SABC 1’s Cutting Edge at 9:30pm.