More boys than girls born on New Year’s Day


One of the first babies born on 1 January 2024 was a boy who weighed 2.9 kg and was born in the Philadelphia Hospital in Limpopo. He was born at midnight. Another boy was born the same minute at the Mowbray Maternity Hospital in the Western Cape and weighed just over 4 kg.

According to information released by various provincial health departments on Monday, the new year was ushered in once again by hundreds of healthy births in government hospitals across the country, most of whom were boys.

Limpopo recorded the birth of 41 babies by Monday morning, of whom 21 were boys. A year ago, 32 babies were born at the same time, most of whom were girls (17). The youngest new mother in this province was only 15 years old and gave birth to a boy weighing 3.1 kg.

In Gauteng state hospitals, 112 babies, of whom 59 were boys and 53 were girls, were born by 09:30 on Monday. The most new babies born at a single medical institution in Gauteng were ten babies at the Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital in Vosloorus. A total of nine babies were born at the Chris Hani Baragwanath academic hospital in Soweto.

A total of 33 babies were born in the North West’s hospitals, of whom 20 were boys. The first baby to be born in this province was a girl who was born at 00:01 in the Boitekong hospital in Rustenburg. She weighed 3.6 kg.

Only 14 babies were born in state hospitals in the Northern Cape, nine of whom were boys. The first baby was indeed a girl, who was born at 00:16 at the Robert Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley.

KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State are the only provinces where more girls than boys were born by Monday morning. In KwaZulu-Natal, 84 babies were born since 00:00, of whom 48 were girls and 36 were boys. The first baby, a boy, was born a few seconds after midnight and weighed 2.9 kg. The youngest mother was only 14 years old.

In the Free State, 17 babies, 11 girls and six boys, were born. The figures for the rest of the provinces were not yet available by Monday late afternoon.