We celebrate the first penis transplant but if we ignore the botched initiations behind it we’re just in one big dick contest, says Verashni Pillay.
Voluntary male circumcision has made huge strides in reducing the rate of HIV infections.
A non-surgical circumcision tool could provide a way for initiation schools to eliminate initiate deaths from traditional circumcision complications.
Researchers say the increase in male medical circumcision services should go hand in hand with a plan to maintain quality, according to a study.
A Johannesburg director has taken up the continuing tragedy of botched circumcisions.
The owner of an initiation school has been found guilty of culpable homicide after the death of an initiate.
Eastern Cape government has called an emergency meeting after 30 initiates were killed in the summer initiation season so far.
The hereditary bleeding disorder haemophilia could be a reason for deaths in some circumcision rituals and early detection could lessen fatalities.
Work on HIV prevention may be undone after a boy died after a medical circumcision procedure.
More people continue to be killed and mutilated in initiation schools in South Africa each year than died in the Sharpeville massacre.
The ANC Youth League has called for initiation schools in South Africa to be regulated after cases of botched circumcision in the Eastern Cape arose.
Autopsy reports show that some of the 30 initiates who died last month in the Eastern Cape were assaulted by traditional surgeons.
Following 30 initiates’ deaths and the hospitalisation of almost 300 boys in Eastern Cape, the health minister has lashed out at circumcision schools.
Five boys have died and one had to be castrated in the Eastern Cape after illegal circumcisions, according to the provincial health department.
We cannot willingly choose not to talk about cultural practices to the detriment of unknown numbers of boys, writes Faranaaz Parker.
Three of the M&G’s 200 YSA discuss the country’s unemployment issues and the controversial topic of male initiation.
Mayenzeke Baza’s documentary explores issues of best practice in circumcision as well as wider issues of secrecy and the exclusion of women.
PODCAST: We speak to M&G reporter Faranaaz Parker about government’s apparent inability to track the rising number of circumcision deaths in SA.
The practice, which entails the removal of part or all of the foreskin of the penis, is widespread among Southern Africans as an initiation rite.
It is is the state’s responsibility to ensure that cultural practices comply with the Bill of Rights, writes Ria Nonyana-Mokabane.
With terrible predictability the beginning of South Africa’s winter brings with it another batch of circumcision-related deaths.
The threat of Aids has convinced a Zambian clansman, Jonathan Mumena, to do what is safest for his people. Mia Malan reports.
The proliferation of illegal initiation schools is a threat not just to cultural practices or even young men’s lives, but to public health in general.
Boys in Mpondoland are going behind their parents’ backs to attend dodgy initiation schools that too often claim the lives of youths who would be men.
Botched circumcisions in South Africa have killed 40 boys and put more than 100 in hospital this month, a health official said on Wednesday.
The death toll in the Eastern Cape’s winter circumcision season has risen to 39, the provincial health department said on Monday.
Yet another would-be initiate has died at an illegal circumcision school in the Eastern Cape, the province’s health department said on Thursday.
Twenty initiates have died following botched circumcisions in the Eastern Cape, the provincial health department said on Thursday.
Two more initiates have died in the Eastern Cape, bringing to 13 the number of circumcision-related deaths in the past 12 days.
The death toll in the Eastern Cape’s summer circumcision season now stands at 21, the provincial health department said on Thursday.
Every year young boys die during circumcision camps. Pierre W Brouard wonders what we can do to create productive and discursive dialogue around this.
Aware of the risk of traditional circumcision, the family of Yongama Boya had him circumcised in hospital before sending him to his initiation ritual.