Initiation schools in Mzansi will be allowed to reopen from December

Initiation schools in Mzansi will be allowed to reopen from December

- The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has confirmed that initiation schools will be allowed to resume starting December

- The process of going from boy to man will be allowed to proceed but only under strict conditions to curb the spread of COVID-19

- The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa gave permission for the initiation process to proceed in Mzansi

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The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has established that the custom of male initiation will be allowed starting December, but only under strict conditions. The traditional ritual usually takes place in summer or winter. In many cultures in Mzansi, initiation is the process where a boy becomes a man and earns his rite of passage to manhood.

Initiation schools were suspended in March 2020 as the country went into lockdown to curb the spread of Coronavirus. The House of Traditional Leaders had requested for male initiation to resume and this announcement comes after their plea.

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The COGTA deputy minister, Obed Bapela has assured the public that they will remain cautious during all proceedings.

Initiation schools in Mzansi will be allowed to reopen from December

Initiation schools in Mzansi will be allowed to reopen from December under strict conditions. (Photo by Lucky Maibi/Daily Sun/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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"The minister of COGTA and the Minister of Health agreed that they will allow for the opening of the season but under severe conditions because the virus is still with us. There is a possible resurgence towards the end of November," he said.

Bapela also said that if there is a resurgence of COVID-19, initiation schools will still remain open for those who want to go. The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa has the given go-ahead for male initiation to proceed in South Africa.

Briefly.co.za previously reported Khanyi Mbau wants to look like the blue Avatar character. Khanyi Mbau has startled Mzansi once again after revealing that she's not quite done with her look yet. During an interview with YFM, she revealed that she would like to look like the blue Avatar.

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Since Khanyi has achieved the "barbie doll" look, she's looking for something new and different. She achieved the look by sporting a much lighter complexion and smaller frame. By looking like a blue Avatar, she means the alien-like people from the movie Avatar by James Cameron.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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