South Africa's version of #16AndPregnant kicks off tonight

Three Mzansi teenagers are raising the lid on the reality of teen pregnancy in a courageous documentary designed to help educate young people about what it’s really like to be sixteen and pregnant in modern day South Africa.

The most recent government data shows that 15 500 South African school-age students fell pregnant in the 2015 school year.

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Marie Stopes International are setting out to provide a platform to highlight the need for improved access to information and services for young people to empower their sexual and reproductive decision-making.

Sixteen and Pregnant highlights the many societal, economic and health challenges faced by pregnant teenage girls.

Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation

By highlighting the sacrifices they are obliged to make, and the hurdles they have to overcome, we hope to encourage them to take control of their lives and bodies by helping them to make more informed choices about sex, sexual health, and contraception.

Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation

The one-hour special, filmed in and around Rockville, Kliptown and Pretoria earlier this year, follows a critical period in the life of each teen as she navigates the bumpy terrain of adolescence, rebellion, love, sex and coming of age - all while dealing with pregnancy and motherhood when barely more than a child herself.

MTV Shuga Presents Sixteen and Pregnant, premieres on MTV Base (SA) on Wednesday 31 May @21:30 CAT, and on MTV Base (ROA) Wednesday 31 May at 22:00 WAT. The show will also air on MTV (DStv channel 130) on Friday 28 July at 13:35 CAT.

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