Well-groomed young can lead

2018-02-15 06:00

It is with great humility that we congratulate and welcome young men from initiation schools across the Western Cape.

We hope they return as responsible young adults, who are expected to start swelling ranks in various structures of our society with the primary intent of assisting to address societal issues through responsible and mindful leadership. All those who are older than these young men are urged to continue guiding and honing their capabilities while at the same time providing them spaces and opportunities to provide leadership. Leaders at all levels should ensure that these young men are directed to channel their youthful minds and energy towards building sustainable and coherent communities.

They must be encouraged to spend time learning with a view of finding innovative ways of addressing the plethora of social ills plaguing our communities.

Young men should be moulded to be protectors of the vulnerable such as children, women, people with disabilities and elders in our communities.

They must be continuously groomed to be the embodiment of humility and social justice in our communities.

They must be encouraged to be at the centre of initiatives and interventions that seek to reclaim our communities from thuggery of all sorts and forms in pursuit of establishing safe and healthy communities. They should be made to understand that responsible and mindful leadership require unthinkable personal sacrifice. And those who aspire to attain greater heights of leadership should be equally prepared to make consummate sacrifices in their endeavours to be better leaders.

Wisdom is normally nurtured through years of formal learning in official and academic institutions and what my generation fondly call informal universities of wisdom (our community based structures / institutions and local people). Having welcomed the young men and outlined few responsibilities and moral standing bestowed to them by virtue of undergoing cultural circumcision, I also take this opportunity to announce that during the Initiation Season under review all initiates came back to their homes and communities alive and proud young men.

In order to continue ensuring safe and educative initiation in the entire country, a process of establishing officially registered Xhosa Initiation School has started. The school will permanently eliminate the sad and inhuman botched circumcision often associated with death of initiates and irresponsible carers (amakhankatha) causing unnecessary trauma of initiates.

In conclusion let me extend a sincere appreciation to parents for heeding the call of Nguni Council to hire services of experienced Traditional Surgeons with demonstrable track records of performing circumcision ritual as well as matured and experienced carers. (NB: Traditional surgeons normally start performing circumcision ritual under the guidance of old and experienced ones. They mostly get guidance from their fathers performing the ritual or Traditional Surgeons they have assisted as supporting hands over a long time period. Young carers normally start taking care of initiates under the guidance of experienced ones free of charge and on their volition). A humble traditional and cultural devotion goes to Traditional Surgeons, Carers and other supporting stakeholders and individuals for a work well done.

For more information regarding the School, please contact Chairperson of the Council of Nguni People: Paramount Chief Lungelo Nokwaza (Aah Dibanisizizwe) at 084 568 8755 or Traditional Surgeon Sikelela Zokufa (uNdlovu).

Chief Lungelo Nokwaza via email

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