The good thing about being the youth of South Africa is that you have free access to information about your health and safety so that your mind can be free of worries because that information will help you decide on what’s best for you.

The government can be blamed for a lot of things but I think when coming to issues of health and safety, enough has been done and even now a lot is still being done to make sure that the people of South Africa especially the youth are well informed about issues of health and safety.  For several years I have been watching what is going on around me and I still can’t believe the things that are happening around me, sometimes i feel as if i’m an alien in my own country.

Walking down the streets of Pretoria or Pitori as it is known, teenagers as young as fourteen years walking proudly with their big tummies, don’t get me wrong it’s not because they overate when you see them with this big tummies, no they didn’t overeat they got knocked up. Now my question is if somebody as young as fourteen years could get pregnant at such a young age what happens to the information that gets distributed every single day in clinics, bus stops, educational programmes and schools? Do they even bother to study the material given to them?

Pardon me if am wrong but I think if somebody in their teens is pregnant, then that’s evidence that they were not using the raincoat to protect against the rains and somehow they found themselves in the middle of heavy storms with no protection, then that’s where pregnancy, STIS and HIV and AIDS have a house party.

But come on what the hell? Majority of fourteen year olds are busy trying to figure out what’s black or white, but you have already entered the field of adulthood. Farewell my dear sister and you too my dear brother maybe once you have settled down you will realise that the grass is not always greener on the other side. I mean there are contraceptives and condoms to protect against pregnancy, HIV and AIDS and STIS.

You know what forget contraceptives because they are not hundred percent efficient, they can stop the fusion between an egg and a sperm but they leave you exposed to HIV and STIS, so where’s the fun in that?  And please may I be excused if you think my language is too strong but if somebody can get knocked up in their teens, it certainly means they understand sexuality and reproduction, am sure they can even preach about it, so I find myself not guilty when coming to strong language.

Don’t get me wrong what im saying is not personal, it’s just something close to my heart, something up my chest that I just needed to cough out. I think that there are things that should take first priority in your life, and that is your health, your education and your future. The other question is if you are having a baby at fourteen who’s supposed to support your baby and you? Your parents, the government, the school? Choose the best correct answer but I still think none of the above.

I don’t think your parents got an invitation to your baby making scheme so why don’t you just leave them alone and deal with the situation like an adult should? To be honest this sounds rude and judgemental but am not judging anyone am also not perfect and to be a judge i will need many years of experience and a law PHD if am not wrong. But how can I allow you to walk into fire with open eyes and let you to burn? I am a sister, a daughter and a granddaughter, throughout my life I have been advised by my community, as the saying goes” it takes a village to raise a child” I was raised by the village and this is my way of giving back.

I think you have a bright future ahead of you, don’t let something or someone get in the way of your dreams. My advice to you is that you should learn to think before you do anything else, ask yourself if you are doing it for yourself or for someone else and if it’s for someone else, are they really worth it? I think every one of you should learn to be selfish, have focus and direction and of course to those of you who have made mistakes, learn from those mistakes and move on.

Life waits for nobody, it’s up to you to make the best out of the bad situation. Good luck dear friends and remember to always be safe, your health takes first priority, there’s no way you can enjoy life if you are ill.

By: Mpho. P Makhafola (the black diamond)

Edited By: M.D.B

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