Thousands of South African men are attending men-only 'initiation' retreats in a bid to better themselves

2019-04-25 13:40

The ManKind project has been criticised for its rituals, including dancing around candles in nude, and limiting participants’ sleep and diet.

Eastern Cape leads with death toll of initiates this season

2018-12-29 09:53

There has been a spike in deaths of initiates, particularly in the Eastern Cape, since the summer traditional initiation season began a few weeks ago.

Traditional leaders to be trained in social work issues

2018-12-06 11:36

A training programme aims to empower traditional leaders in the Eastern Cape with knowledge and skills on how to deal with social ills within their communities.

Eastern Cape initiates die after not given enough water

2018-11-20 16:10

Two men, both aged 20, have become the first casualties of this year's summer initiation season in the Eastern Cape, just a few days after it got underway.

Eastern Cape sharpening tools to ensure safety during initiation season

2018-07-25 08:17

During the initiation season, SAPS coordinators will be paying regular and random visits to initiation schools to check for compliance to the act regulating traditional initiations.

On the hunt for MaChicken

2018-07-01 11:00

Illegal initiation surgeon might have fled into the mountains to avoid arrest.

Losing their manhood in becoming men

2018-06-24 10:01

In the past 12 years, more than 800 men and teenage boys have had their penises amputated after botched traditional circumcision procedures.

Government goes high-tech to bust illegal initiation schools

2018-06-17 12:19

As the law cracks down on unlawful schools, local governments get ready to deploy drones to search forests and mountains.


2018-05-17 14:40

Mzansi comedian, actor and vlogger Moshe Ndiki left a lot of people, mostly Xhosa men, fuming on Twitter when he posted throwback pictures of himself when he was in initiation school.

Initiation rules rejected

2018-04-15 06:02

Traditional leaders are unimpressed by the Customary Initiation Bill, saying it disparages customs of tradition.


Isithembiso’s Pakamisa Zwedala on acting a villain: 'I am not bad at all'

2019-04-03 14:27

Although most of the roles he has taken were of villains he wants his fans to know that he is not a bad guy at all

21 initiates have already died this season - Mkhize

2018-12-13 16:37

Twenty-one initiates have already died throughout the country since the start of the 2018 summer traditional initiation season, which started in November.

Death toll in Eastern Cape initiation schools rises to 7

2018-12-02 07:24

Seven initiates have died in the Eastern Cape since the start of the 2018 summer traditional initiation season.

Initiation Bill not intended to usurp tradition – Parliament

2018-08-19 19:53

Parliament does not intend to usurp traditional initiation while formulating the Customary Initiation Bill, says the chairperson for the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Time to question initiate deaths

2018-07-22 10:02

After at least 19 young men died during the Eastern Cape’s winter initiation season, cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa has called for an imbizo to deal with the problem, while traditional leaders are asking for specialised courts to prosecute perpetrators.

Cogta pleads with parents to check legitimacy of initiation centres as death toll climbs

2018-06-25 10:07

Parents have been urged to verify the legitimacy of the places they send their sons for the circumcision rituals being conducted during the winter holidays, as the death toll increases to at least four boys.

Two underage boys die at illegal Eastern Cape initiation schools

2018-06-22 14:49

Three initiates, two of whom were just 15, have died in the Eastern Cape, barely 10 days after authorities launched the winter initiation season.

‘Leave nothing to chance’ as initiations begin

2018-06-10 11:46

Traditional leaders and the Eastern Cape government are determined to break last year’s record for the lowest number of initiate deaths during the winter initiation season.

City of Tshwane backs move to suspend initiation school activities in Gauteng

2018-05-10 17:07

The City of Tshwane says it is fully behind a tough resolution to suspend all intakes of initiates across Gauteng for the rest of the year.

First arrests for Eastern Cape initiation deaths

2017-12-17 06:00

At least four people have been arrested in the Eastern Cape following the deaths of 11 initiates barely three weeks into the initiation season.

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