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.
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