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Under the theme “Mabaye Bephila Babuye Bephila” and to ensure that Amathole experiences zero deaths this summer, ADM Speaker Onke Mgunculu, accompanied by ADM Initiation Forum Chairperson Chief Mzikayise Kaulela, Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality Council Speaker Thozama Ngaye, the Department of Health and local initiation forums, visited initiation schools in Adelaide and Bedford on Wednesday, 6 December 2023
Through the visits Cllr Mgunculu had the opportunity, assisted by Department of Health officials, to assess the wellbeing of the initiates and examine documents certifying initiates fit for circumcision. All the schools visited in the area were above board and followed health regulations.
Speaking with traditional nurses Mgunculu highlighted the need to keep initiates hydrated especially with the rite of passage being undertake in the summer season.
“There should be no prohibition of water. The human body cannot function without water and the summer period comes with extreme temperatures which makes it imperative to keep initiates hydrated. Their parents put them in your care; do your work diligently and make sure they return home in good health”, he said.

Amathole District Municipality political and administration leaderships would like to express their deep sorrow and sadness at the tragic and unexpected passing of Ms. Nonceba Madikizela-Vuso, who served as the Spokesperson, following a car accident on the R72 route nearby the Chalumna Bridge by Sobeliti Village under the Buffalo City Metro Municipality.
Both ADM’s political and administration leadership extend their deep and heartfelt condolences to the Vuso family and their loved ones.
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with Ms. Madikizela-Vuso’s family, friends and loved ones during this very difficult time of great grief. We don't have words enough to express our shock and sadness at her untimely passing” – ADM Municipal Manager Dr Bhekisisa Mthembu
The accident occurred yesterday, Tuesday, 05 December 2023 in the afternoon resulting in the tragic death of Ms. Madikizela-Vuso and the exact cause is still under investigation at this point by law enforcement officers.
Issued by Amathole District Municipality
Office of the Municipal Manager
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