Initiation: Get help with this app

An Initiate poses for the camera during an initiation ritual in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Leon Sadiki
An Initiate poses for the camera during an initiation ritual in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Leon Sadiki

Initiation is a sacred Xhosa rite, but it can be a nightmare if the right people are not involved.

City Press has partnered with local leaders to reduce the number of young men who die in illegal initiation schools, and the number of men who are maimed for life.

A web tool built by City Press in partnership with Code for Africa and Open Data Durban enables parents and initiates to check whether the traditional surgeons they have chosen are registered with the provincial department of health, or find someone who is. It also enables users to report unregistered surgeons and illegal initiation schools, as well as initiates who are in trouble.

Find the app here: http://app.ezolwaluko.org.za

Click here to read City Press's initiation-related articles

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