First Aid Training for Khayelitsha Initiation Carers
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) will partner with the City of Cape Town to provide carers and traditional surgeons from Khayelitsha with important information about making initiation rituals safer and more environmentally friendly.
Fifteen participants are expected to participate in a first aid training course facilitated by DCAS at the Khayelitsha Thusong Centre from 17 to 19 October 2013. The training is aimed at developing a common understanding on issues pertaining to initiation and will focus on core areas of health and hygiene, fire management and control and sustainable utilisation of environmental resources.
The Western Cape Government is determined to ensure that this significant cultural practice receives the respect it deserves and that the safety of initiates is protected.
Mr Thandwa Ntshona of DCAS Arts and Culture says, after the training, participants will be able apply what they had learned about first aid and the environment to initiation and in other contexts.
DCAS and its partners are committed to working with communities that take pride in their culture and to improve the safety of traditional male initiation in the province.
Read more about Initiation Protocol and Guidelines.