Over 500 babies were born across South Africa during the Christmas period, the various provincial health departments said on Saturday.
A total of 169 babies were born in the Western Cape, Departmental spokeswoman Anzelle Smit.
She said the first of the 86 boys and 83 girls born in the province was a little girl born at Paarl hospital at 11 minutes to 1am on Saturday.
Two sets of twin boys were born at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.
The province takes the lead in the most Christmas babies born, followed closely by Kwazulu-Natal which stands at 140 births.
Results from certain hospitals in the province are not yet known.
Mpumalanga recorded 75 births, Limpopo 63 newborns and the Free State 41 babies born. Gauteng had 23 births reported and the Eastern Cape 21. The number of newborns in the Northern Cape and North West could not be confirmed. - (Sapa, December 2009)