Swaziland: Control of population growth is needed, says DPM

January 27, 2012 • Swaziland, Daily Email Recap

You may be interested to read the recently reported opinion of the Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland, the small land-locked country situated in southern Africa. The CIA fact book puts the population at 1.37 million. Life expectancy is just 48 years. 60% of the population reportedly live on less than the equivalent of US$1.25 per day. The story does not mention the HIV epidemic in the country, where the infection rate is said to be the highest in the world at 26.1% of adults (and over 50% of adults in their 20s). See here: http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=34786

Law to control population growth needed, says DPM
By Winile Mavuso
27 January 2012

DEPUTY Prime Minister Themba Masuku has lashed out at men who have a large number of children that end up being a burden to government.
He was speaking during the launch of the second National Plan of Action (NPA) 2011-2015 at Esibayeni Lodge yesterday.  Masuku said a law was needed to control population growth in the country. He observed that children accounted for 50% of the country’s population with a majority of them being orphaned and vulnerable (OVC). The implication is that the children will grow without parental guidance and consequently have limited access to education, jobs, good health and a secure future. Masuku highlighted the importance of having a family that one can manage.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=34786

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