Nama language to be introduced at two Northern Cape schools

2017-07-14 06:00
 Photo: siphelele nketoChairperson of Griqua Traditional Council, Gabriel Marais.

Photo: siphelele nketoChairperson of Griqua Traditional Council, Gabriel Marais.

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THE Nama language that is spoken by many in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia is to be introduced into two Kimberley schools next year and members of Griqua Traditional Council are pleased about this initiative.

The Pan South African Language Board (PanSalb) held a conference to promote the use of other languages spoken in the country in Bloemfontein from 27 to 29 June.

In KwaZulu-Natal 30 delegates from Nama, Griqua, Kurama, Khoi and Bushman groups attended, including the chairperson of Kokstad Grigua Traditional Council, Gabriel Marais.

At the conference, PanSalb told delegates that the Nama language is to be taught in two schools in the Northern Cape and teachers will be sourced from Namibia or Botswana where the language is mostly used.

“Ninety percent of people speak Nama in Botswana and Namibia and we want the language to be taught in schools and universities in South Africa.
The Griqua and Kurama language died out many years ago,” said Marais. He thanked PanSalb for introducing Nama as part of the syllabus and said this is the beginning of new things for Griqua, Khoi, Nama and Bushman communities.


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