Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Project Center

Cape Town, South Africa


The initiation ritual symbolizes the transition from boyhood to manhood in many South African ethnic groups. This important tradition during which males are circumcised and taught to be responsible men has been practiced for hundreds of years in rural areas. In recent years, the ritual has spread to urban environments and faced many challenges, including insufficient areas of suitable land and lack of safe health practices. Through research of the culture and analysis of the only existing formal initiation site, the team assisted in preparing a plan and implementation strategy for the development of the Good Hope College Initiation Site in Khayelitsha; a commitment by the City of Cape Town to the formalization and reservation of land for the sacred ritual of initiation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs