Amajuba DM Annual Royal Reed Dance Preparations
Amajuba District municipality hosted the Royal Reed Dance preparatory ceremony this past weekend to assess its state of readiness going to this wonderful cultural practice. The Royal Reed Dance has been previously criticised in the past as being old fashioned and barbaric, with which the latter claims have always been refuted by the Royal and the KwaZulu Natal government. Amajuba will send about 200 maidens to the dance this year, and amongst them is our Lindokuhle Phiri (30), a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town and many other successful maidens.
The KwaZulu Natal Government has continuously supported the Royal Reed Dance which is held annually in KwaNongoma (eNyokeni: King Zwelithini’s Residence). The rationale around the Royal Reed Dance is that young girls are encouraged to abstain from sexual activities up until they get married. This is also seen as a viable strategy to fight HIV/Aids, and to prevent teenage pregnancy. The preparatory event was addressed by the Respected District Mayor of Amajuba Cllr Jabu MaMkhwanazi, who urged the maidens to stay true to their values and urged them to promote this wonderful culture amongst their peers.
“We view the Royal Reed Dance as an opportunity to teach young girls about their culture as we have older women who educate the young girls about how they should act as grown adults and that they should respect their bodies”, said Mayor MaMkhanazi. The Royal Reed Dance will take place at the Kings residence Enyokeni, KwaNongoma from the 4th to 6th of September 2015.
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