Kouga local municipality
Tel:+27 (0)42 200 2200
All-hours Emergency:+27 (0)42 291 0250
Alternative Number:+27 (0)42 200 8330
Featured Pages
KNOW YOUR WARD KNOW YOUR WARD

Click here to get your updated ward information following the 2016 Local Government Elections. Your ward will determine which IDP meeting you should attend.

KOUGA CALL CENTRE AND LINK APP KOUGA CALL CENTRE AND LINK APP

Should you wish to report a service fault, please contact the Kouga Call Centre on 042 200 2200. The call centre is open seven days a week from 7:30am to 7pm. Outside these hours faults can be reported at 042 291 0250 or 042 200 8330. Alternatively, click here to download the Link app for easy fault reporting.

SAVE WATER: IT'S THE NEW NORMAL SAVE WATER: IT'S THE NEW NORMAL

Despite the recent rain, drought conditions prevail and water restrictions remain in place. Click here for the latest dam levels.

Last modified: 18 Oct 2018
Back To Index

Kouga prepares for the summer initiation season

16 October 2018

The Kouga Local Initiation Forum is calling for stakeholders to once again join hands so as to ensure a successful summer traditional male circumcision season.

With the schools closing soon, it is expected that scores of boys, mostly from the Xhosa tribe, across Kouga will undergo the rite of passage to manhood.

The forum, which falls under Council Speaker Hatting Bornman’s office, has overseen successful and incident-free initiation seasons since it was formed last year.

Bornman said the success was owed to the stakeholders working around the clock to ensure that nothing was left to chance.

“The horrific stories of boys losing their lives or losing organs due to botched circumcisions must never find their way to Kouga and all of us must ensure that the law that governs the custom reigns supreme,” he said.

The custom is governed by the Eastern Cape Customary Male Initiation Practice Act No 5 of 2016.

Only certified traditional surgeons and traditional nurses may perform circumcision or tend to initiates while parents must sign a consent form after the prospective initiate has undergone medical assessment.

Those who contravene the Act may be imposed with hefty fines or face imprisonment.

“Collectively, we will be on the lookout for opportunists who degrade the custom and end up putting lives of our young men at risk. Parents must remember that it is only them who can give consent and initiates must be 18 years or older,” he said.

The ritual, known as "Ulwaluko" in Xhosa, had – though not so much in Kouga –been dogged by stories of abuse of initiates and malpractice by unqualified people, resulting in serious injuries and death.

The various stakeholders who make up the forum include the Department of Health, the municipality, traditional surgeons, non-governmental organisations and other government departments.