Member of Executive Council

Hon. Fikile Xasa

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Thirty eight (38) members of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL) received training on a basic computer course organized by the Directorate of Capacity Building at the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). The training was held at Walter Sisulu University in East London in October 2014, reports Welile Jack.

The Senior Manager for the Directorate of Capacity building, Ms Nomsa Mabanga said the objective of the training was to empower members with digital knowledge, competencies and skills required in the 21st century. These skills could lead to an accredited academic qualification.

The trainer, Ms Nokulunga Sidelo said to train elders during this age of technology was challenging and needed creativity and tactics to disseminate information.

“Fortunately I am training people who are exposed to digital cellular phones hence they are familiar with some of the concepts used,” she said.

The Chairperson of the ECHTL Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima said the training was challenging and an “eye opener” to people of their age and will help them in their work place.

“We need to move forward for the sake of the rural people who are information poor and serve them with pride and dignity they deserve to become more informed,” he said.

Nkosi Matanzima added that the opportunity that has been given to them will be used to facilitate service delivery.

The General Manager for the ECHTL, Mr Zingisa Bokwe said members will be receiving lap top computers as working tools to be used anytime. “The skills acquired will be beneficial to them and the communities they serve,” said Mr Bokwe.


thCA0HWP4TBotched circumcisions and the death of young initiates remain the thorn in the flesh of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL). The minimal role played by some parents and communities during initiation season, also remains a cause for concern.

Many of the deaths occurred due to illegal circumcision schools, assault, starvation dehydration of initiates and poor communication with parents about the health conditions of the initiates. To this end, members of House have undertaken awareness campaigns targeting the areas most affected by the death of then initiates namely, Nyandeni, Ntabankulu, Port St Johns, Ngquza Hill, Mbizana and areas of Chris Hani and Amathole District Municipalities. Continue reading