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Language: Afrikaans

  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 05:18 PM

Apartheid had mercy on indigeneous languanges

It is disturbing to me at least that most political leaders speak their languages in the UN, but all Africans, bar our Arabian brothers in the North, read their prepared speeches in their colonial masters languages, this is in English, French or Portuguese.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 11:59 PM

Wikipedia Co-Founder Adding More African Languages

Lekan Oyekanmi / Voice of America
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, 45, says Yoruba is the most popular African language for Wikipedia, with 29,000 pages. The Swahili Wikipedia version is second among African languages with 23,000. Other African languages on Wikipedia include Afrikaans, Hausa, and Zulu. Speaking in Lagos this week, Wales says his website is branching out from English.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 05:01 PM

Dead end for African languages?

Michel Lafon / Mail & Guardian Online
In brief, students who do not speak any African language and who want to offer an African language as second additional for matric are mostly prevented from doing so. In turn, this deals a serious blow to the feasibility of Nzimande's proposal concerning African languages and ­graduation requirements.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 01:17 AM

No mother tongue here

Mawande Jack / The New Age Online
An increase number of township and rural schools in the Eastern Cape are discarding instruction in the pupil’s home language, especially Xhosa, as part of a plan to attract more pupils to the schools. This despite state language policies according home languages equal status.
  • Feb 20, 2012
  • 12:42 PM

Xhosa, Zulu being axed at state schools

Prega Govender / Times LIVE
Most former Model C primary schools in which English is the medium of instruction are scrapping African languages, thus forcing pupils to study Afrikaans as their official second language. It comes as this year's batch of grades 1 to 3 will be taught a new curriculum that requires them to do only one extra language.
  • Feb 16, 2012
  • 12:43 PM

Row erupts over language policy

Deon de Lange / Independent Online
Much criticism was focused on mother-tongue education, which several speakers said would do more than many other interventions to improve the quality of education. Committee chairwoman Thandile Sunduza (ANC) said her dissertation would have been accepted at university if she had been able to write it in her mother tongue, Xhosa.
  • Nov 16, 2011
  • 10:53 PM

Neville Alexander - a linguistic revolutionary

Khadija Patel / Daily Maverick
He’s been a Robben Island prisoner and more recently one of South Africa’s most eminent educationists. He’s also a linguistic revolutionary. KHADIJA PATEL lent Neville Alexander an ear.
  • Jul 22, 2011
  • 12:36 PM

Language 'main issue' in literacy, maths marks

Karl Gernetzky / Business Day
The switch to English or Afrikaans as a medium of instruction from grade 4 onwards is widely cited for the country’s poor performance in the Annual National Assessments released last month. The national average performance in grade 3 was 35% for literacy, and 28% for numeracy, while grade 6 pupils achieved an average of 28% in languages and 30% in mathematics.
  • May 12, 2011
  • 06:26 PM

’No plans to phase out Afrikaans’ - UJ

Phakamile Hlubi / Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
The University of Johannesburg says it has no plans to diminish the importance of Afrikaans at the institution even though it is no longer the primary medium of instruction.
  • May 09, 2011
  • 02:28 AM

Scaling language barriers as an expat in Africa

Janet Nicholson / The Telegraph
Having disembarked from the Edinburgh Castle at Cape Town, it was a further three-day train journey to Durban, during which I learned that the mystifying expression, “I’ll be with you just now,” means “in a minute”, and Dames and Here were Afrikaans for Ladies and Gents.
  • May 05, 2011
  • 06:25 PM

Today in History: 5 May 1925

The New Age Online
According to Act 8 of 1925, Afrikaans became one of the official languages of South Africa. The development of Afrikaans can be traced to arrival of settlers to the Cape. This is however not the sole factor that led to the development of Afrikaans...