Photo by Otto Ngoveni

By : Otto Ngoveni

MALAMULELE – Limpopo department of Social Development led by the acting MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, celebrated the annual World Population Day in Mtititi Community Hall outside Malamulele within the LIM345 municipality In Vhembe district on Tuesday the 29th of August 2017.

The department’s spokesperson Adele Van Der Linde indicated that this day was observed in1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where they recommended that 11 July be the World Population Day (WPD).

“Commemoration of World Population Day as an annual event is an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion people, and it was supposed to be celebrated on 11 July.” Said Van Der Linde

According to world history the 11th of February 1987 was the day when the world population reached five billion but the Republic of South Africa and the nine provinces have been commemorating the Day since 1994.

The day focuses on the attention, the urgency and importance of population issues worldwide, particularly in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for population issues.

This year’s commemorations are held under the theme: “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.”

The MEC, Dr Ramathuba, while delivering keynote address she encouraged parents to love their children and talk to them about all aspects and possibilities of sexual intercourse.

“It is every parent’s responsibility to talk some sense in this kids from early age for them to know better about sexual intercourse.” Said MEC Ramathuba.

Edited by Rhandzu Hlungwane