29 October 2023 | 10:00 PM - 31 December 2023 | 9:59 PM

Eastern Cape Provincial Initiation Project

The Eastern Cape is well known for the practice of Isiko lolwaluko (male traditional initiation) and is a tradition that remains widely practised and historically documented in reports dating from 1789. The practice usually takes place at initiation schools, undertaken in areas that may encompass a lodge built at a secluded location, sometimes in the mountains, which was not easily accessible or identifiable. While initiation schools are usually located in secluded areas so as not to compromise their operations and functionality, their remoteness and inaccessibility are major obstacles in cases of emergency (such as medical emergencies). On the other hand, the establishment of initiation schools in crowded urban areas without the authority of a traditional leader and also with insufficient space for appropriate initiation activities poses its own unique challenges.

UN entities involved in this initiative


Other Organizers

Eastern Cape Provincial Government

Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-being
Quality Education
Clean Water and Sanitation
Reduced Inequalities
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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East London
East London Golf Club
0000 East London
South Africa
29 October 2023 | 10:00 PM - 31 December 2023 | 9:59 PM

About the initiative


Nelson Muffuh

Nelson Muffuh

UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa