South Africa can’t afford one official language, unlike countries such as China and France. We are still struggling to understand and accept the 11 official languages this country has at the moment.
We are a diverse country with a lot of people with different cultures and languages. I think we need to continue with the languages we have. At the same time, the Pan South African Language Board and relevant departments must ensure previously disadvantaged languages can find their own way up to the top.
Our government is not doing enough to nurture our indigenous languages. The Use of Official Languages Act states clearly state institutions must ensure at least three indigenous languages are used in any particular government department. But it seems as though some people are still holding back the development of indigenous languages. Government must stop oppressing indigenous languages. It must provide more resources for the development of all South African languages.
Each of our languages is fine and useful. Each needs care, love and respect. Language is a powerful tool in the development of an individual. We need to realise without respecting the value and importance of our indigenous languages, we will not get anywhere. We need to respect our linguistic diversity as South Africans.
Government is failing to support all our languages, writes Miyelani Hlungwani from Mukhomi Village