Moja Love’s new ‘educational’ teen mom drama airs tonight — The Citizen

TV channel Moja Love is upping the ante in their new offerings as they usher in new TV shows including a documentary reality series tackling teen pregnancy.

Moja Love says the teen pregnancy statistics in South Africa are frightening and that their new show, Teenage Pregnancy, is a documentary that will continue to shine the spotlight on the issue.

Teenage Pregnancy documents three teens- Ntando, Zanele and Amo, all aged 17, and their journey to becoming teenage mothers. Each episode follows these teenagers as they navigate through adulthood and pregnancy.

The soon-to-be teen moms’ stories will look into how they tackle challenges in their families, friends, schools, religion and gossip.

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Bokani Moyo, head of Moja Love, said in a statement: “Moja Love always reflects what happens in our communities in the most authentic and topical way.  We identified three young women who were willing to share their journey around this topic, which is often seen as a taboo in our communities. 

“The main aim of the show is to be educational and to open the dialogue around teen pregnancy, which has been grown exponentially within the past year in South Africa, whilst maintaining the welfare of the participants with full time psychological and other support.”

To tackle the teen pregnancy issue, the department of basic education (DBE) introduced a new policy in December 2021 that will prohibit schools from excluding or expelling pregnant pupils, while making it compulsory to report cases of statutory rape to police.

The Gauteng health department reported that there were more than 23,000 teenage pregnancies confirmed in Gauteng from April 2020 to March 2021.

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Teenage Pregnancy premieres Tuesday night (1 February 2022) at 9.30pm on Moja Love, DStv channel 157.


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