SA’s high birth rate is a death wish, warn ecologists

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SA’s high birth rate is a death wish, warn ecologists

The experts say SA needs ‘long-term, culturally sensitive and meaningful family-planning measures’

Shana Ellappa

SA is already one of the continent’s worst environmental performers, and scientists say its booming birth rate is only going to make it worse.

Ecologists say SA is the fourth-worst environmental performer in Africa, and its booming population makes it one of six African countries where there is an urgent need for “long-term, culturally sensitive and meaningful family-planning measures”.

The average fertility rate in SA is 2.4 per woman, and ecologists Corey Bradshaw and Enrico Di Minin said the government was one of many in Africa that had not prioritised family-planning programmes...

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