medical devices2Mpumalanga provincial department of aims to circumcise 500 000 males for the financial year 2013/14. For the province to reach this targets, it needs to circumcised 75 000 males per month, 18 750 per week and 3 750 daily .

The service is going to be provided on weekends to accommodate the working class and the target for weekends is 7 544.

Performance contracts have been signed with all hospital CEO to deliver on this ambitious target with the Head of department, Mr Richard Mnisi.

The Premier announced this figure during his state of the province address in February as way of reducing new HIV infection in the province with Gert Sibande as a priority.

The target for Gert Sibande is to circumcised 411 525 males by 2015.

In a bid to reach this ambitious goal, facilities in the province are going to start having circumcision days with active schedules for circumcision, private doctors are going to perform circumcision in public health care facilities, mobile units are going to go to rural areas and nurses are to start performing circumcisions under the supervision of a doctor.

In June, during school holidays the department of health in the province will be launching a circumcision device called PRE PEX, which is apparently easy to use and very effective.

Some 150 young boys from Matsulu community will be circumcised using the device, at the Mbombela Community Health Care Centre, in Nelspruit, Ehlanzeni district.




  • Cynthia Maseko

    Cynthia Maseko joined OurHealth in 2013 as a citizen journalist working in Mpumalanga. She is passionate about women’s health issues and joined Treatment Action Campaign branch as a volunteer after completing her matric. As an activist she has been involved with Equal Treatment, Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and also with Marie Stopes Clinic’s project Blue Star dealing with the promotion of safe abortions and HIV education.