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'African language a must for govt workers'

2011-04-07 13:07

Johannesburg - Government should consider making proficiency in an African language a requirement for those applying for jobs in the public service, the Pan SA Language Board said on Thursday.

"This can't be discrimination against our people because we have been living together, black and white, and we have to learn each other's languages," board chief executive Chris Swepu said in a statement.

He welcomed Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande's comments on making proficiency in an African language a condition for graduating from university.

"It would be ignorant for anyone to oppose Nzimande's move. For a very long time, African languages have been ignored in universities, which lacked language units, policies and budgets to implement them.

"We see it all the time; most university graduates who work in government can't speak to the public because they don't know an African language."

Condition for graduating

Swepu said introducing African languages as a prerequisite in universities would "strengthen" students at universities as well as the working class.

The initiative should also be extended to all levels of education.

Earlier this week Nzimande said a task team was looking into the feasibility of every university student learning one African language as a condition for graduating.

He said the issue of the development and teaching of African languages in universities was something he was taking up as a special ministerial project.

The advisory panel would look at how to strengthen university teaching and expansion of African languages which was in serious decline.

Comments
  • Gallows - 2011-04-07 13:14

    Sweet, Arabic is an African Language.

      The Spear - 2011-04-07 13:22

      So is Afrikaans. :)

      Mad Hatter - 2011-04-07 13:28

      So is portugese , german and french . Coming soon ...... Chinese.

      RealityCheck - 2011-04-07 13:34

      @ Maki. Language goes beyond race. I know what they mean with a "black" language but who says afrikaans is a white language or that zulu is a black language? Forcing people to learn a language is an old apartheid trick that these guys are trying to re-use

      Gallows - 2011-04-07 13:35

      @Maki, Awwww. Then why didn't they say so? That's right, it would sound racist.

      Francois - 2011-04-07 13:37

      Was forcing the kids in Soweto to learn the African Language Afrikaans not the reason for the uprising? Blade is following in the footsteps of Verwoerd and Treurnicht!

      Rob Gunning - 2011-04-07 13:37

      @Maki - The article said African language, not black language you moron.

      CheekySod - 2011-04-07 13:38

      So is English. It is an African, American, Eastern, Russian, Chinese, etc. language. If the government require an African language, then they should also require a certain competency in English. With 11 official languages, English is the boundary crossing communication language. Or is this proposed "law" going to be applicable to only a certain ethnicity?

      Dan - 2011-04-07 13:38

      Yes, so true. Just shows you what kind of idiots we have in government. This is almost as pathetic as their obsession with changing every name of a town or street into some unknown ANC has been.

      CygnusX1 - 2011-04-07 13:38

      Hey Maki, I recall 35 odd years a go the "student uprisings" were about pretty much the same thing....forcing students to learn in a specific language.So I sssume it's okay for the students who will be effected by this proposed draconian policy to rise up again?

      Maki - 2011-04-07 13:41

      There is no harm in living in Africa and speaking an Ethnic language, the fact that there is opposition to this makes me wonder about peoples need for reconcilliation. I speak English and Afrikaans Fluently as fourth and fifth language and it does not harm me in any way. Learn Zulu - its easy, 6 thousand words, many Afrikaans and English words are "zululized" eComputer :) . Feel proud when you impress your friends with your new skill. I really think it is for the good. Get past Sawabona and learnt to chat with people ... they will respect you for it.

      Dan - 2011-04-07 13:42

      @Maki. Oh, so now they are suddenly "we". Does that mean you are also one of those idiotic morons. Yeh, nice one dude - let's turn everything into something "blackish". Will you be happy then. Maybe idiots like you should realize everything African does not mean BLACK or have to be BLACK.

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-04-07 13:43

      Isn't Maki a type of Sushi?

      Maki - 2011-04-07 13:50

      Isn't Vaal donkey an unclear mule?

      hf44083 - 2011-04-07 13:51

      The fools in Govt employment cannot even speak an international language like ENGLISH what is the use of African language ?

      Red26 - 2011-04-07 13:54

      This reminds me of the apartheid days when a language was pushed as a means to exclude certain other groups from being able to participate in things. I hope Afrikaans is considered an African language. This is another example of how creeping decay erodes at the rights of a certain targeted segment of the population... slowly slowly we will squeeze tham out!!

      Moi1980 - 2011-04-07 14:06

      @WPWW - "Only problem is too many white kids think its ok to have mixed race relations". Why is that a problem????

      Andre - 2011-04-07 14:07

      @Maki. Surprise for you. Afrikaans is only spoken in South Africa. So it is an African language whether you like it or not.

      Bloodbane - 2011-04-07 14:09

      @Maki - it's fine learning nothing language but making it a requirement for a job is pointless and stupid.... if it was for call centre where you dealing with support in that language then that fine. But other than that, it's just plain stupid. And i'm betting it's politically based, ANC trying to drum up more vote from idiots...

      8TcH - 2011-04-07 14:20

      @Maki, how black must you be for you language to count. I'm pretty dark, but speak afrikaans. mmm, this all sounds very familiar... now I know, it sound like Verwoerd speaking back in the 60s! Get a life buddy, you are thinking backwards!

      Willem - 2011-04-07 14:23

      @Maki - At least an unclear mule can do the job! - sushi are dead and can only feed you once, then its done. sorta like the ANC

      Emsmum - 2011-04-07 14:30

      @ Maki: surely you mean Sawubona not sawabona? perhaps you should learn your african language first?

      Straight Forward - 2011-04-07 14:37

      This is horsesh@t. What about making intelligence, efficiency as well as honesty a requirement, rather than a pathetic language?

      vicj - 2011-04-07 14:43

      Maki, you must be the idiot if you cannot see these people taking the piss of you and your goverment.

      Maki - 2011-04-07 14:53

      vicj - I know they are... I just feel I need to balance this site a bit. Sometimes feels like a klu klux clan gathering. Emsmum I mean Saw-a-bona - the way most white folk pronounce the word - then when I happily reply...they go all red and tell me its the only word they know.

      SaintBruce - 2011-04-07 15:11

      African language ? Ok - there is South African English ( not Uk or US or Australian) so that must be African, right? Amharic , Swahili, Chikerewa (not sure of spelling) plus a few thousand other 'African' languages would qualify including Afric Kaans I guess. Either the report is leaving out somethging or is being politically correct and 'non-racial' but the fact that it is written in English describing another language in a fashion considered to be implying a degree of enforcement is, in itself, racist. Oh what a convoluted and strange society we live in?

      G.du Plessis - 2011-04-07 15:16

      I want to learn another language - good for the brain and will be useful..

      penada - 2011-04-07 15:32

      penada- Just posted hey maki, nothing u said was wrong...what about wpww and the offensive bile he said, and no one responding to him...truth of the matter is news24 is divisive, a lot of the bloggers here are racist, arrogant, rude and plain stupid. wpww is a case in point.

      Kabelo - 2011-04-07 16:15

      i guz u r one of the ignorant, u'll have to go to arabic countries to practice it. we have official languages hierso papa - we call them african languages. IN south africa: when we say african languages we r referring to south african languages - when addressing ur fellow south african, u talk their language not arabic. If u need more info on RSA official languages go to www.gov.za

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-04-07 17:52

      @Maki - I agree with you on what i've read but it seems the editor deleted some so not sure if it's all. First i'm white/afrikaans. 2nd i do believe more focus should be put into learning different languages. Maybe a third language should be a must during school. I just can't see this as being forced upon uni-students... You pay highly for what you learn and that will obviously be extra. Also South Africa needs to trade/compete internationally and hence we should all learn how to communicate in English better first (maybe even Mandarin too). A problem with this "African language" scenario is the race problem.. Afrikaans is an african language so is Arabic etc etc etc.. But the Minister wants it to mean a "black language" which in turn will cause another race conflict... Something this country can't afford. I think he has approached this completely the wrong way... It should start from school level. At Uni you learn what you pay for and that should be a choice.. not political.

      lean - 2011-04-08 19:07

      Zulu have 250 000 words, English over a 1 000 000.... Just imagine how stupid everyone is going to be in Parliament.... Or they already are....

  • happy_queer - 2011-04-07 13:14

    Really? What sane person would want to work in the government? These idiots whith their "blue sky thinking" need a reality check - people complain about actual service delivery - not the language it is performed. Get the basics right...stupid idiots!

      Spoofed - 2011-04-07 13:38

      @Happy_Queer... I too thought who in their right mind would want to work for government.. and then i realized.. working for government means you get: Pension fund, medical aid, yearly increases, housing subsidy and once you in, it's hard for them to just fire you... but here i still sit.. working in a job in the private sector with NO benefits... working for 4k a month... think i should find a job in government... at least i would be able to go see a dentist or a doc when i need too...

      happy_queer - 2011-04-07 14:04

      I am all for more languages - but forcing people to learn a language as a pre-qualifcation - that is social engineering. Rather have incentives to get people into learning new languages

      Spoofed - 2011-04-07 14:14

      I agree with you Happy Queer... they should really be implementing this from primary school already.... not at universities or when people are already in the career they chose...

  • MaLemmer - 2011-04-07 13:17

    Wouldn't help anyway, I've got a pale skin!

      sonofagun - 2011-04-07 15:16

      Next thing, everyone will be forced to spend long hours in the sun and frizz their hair. Luckily I know Leon Schuster, so I have access to a Mama Jack disguise!

  • The Observer - 2011-04-07 13:17

    Well actually from Std. 2 to 7 it was compolsary to take up a local language, depending on where you lived it could be sotho, zulu etc. Now why did they do away with that in the first place? Reinventing the wheel again. All they had to do is make it compulsary to grade 12.

      BakkieB - 2011-04-07 13:36

      Wouldn't help. You only need primary school to work in a government department.

      Spoofed - 2011-04-07 13:40

      yea i had Xhosa from St2 all the way to matric.. still cant talk it though ... but i can 'click' like a pro...lol

      pop101 - 2011-04-07 13:58

      Klie klom klak

  • bill - 2011-04-07 13:20

    To hell with efficiency, ability and intelligence- as long as you can speak a Black language ( stop pretence of african - that would enclude Afrikaans and english)No wonder the jabbering civil service is not delivering and accelerating our trip to the gutter.Viva zuma and his ship of fools.

  • John Seloa - 2011-04-07 13:21

    and what about the many Malawians, Zambians, Nigerians, Zimbabweans, etc that are occupying high profile public administration positions who cannot say a word in our local languages? This is rubbish. As long as you can deliver, go occupy those government jobs.

      tshwanecc - 2011-04-07 13:26

      John you are very right. They should work on employing competent personnel not the language. They have already employed people without skills and now they want them to communicate in a local language.

      Dan - 2011-04-07 13:46

      Yes John. As the saying goes: "We are all equal, some are just more equal than others". I don't expect those government bafoons to understand it. In view of the ANC's actions and words: We are all equal, as long as Black is more equal. Race obsessed.

  • mnbain - 2011-04-07 13:21

    Afrikaans is unique to South Africa, but it probably does not qualify as "African" cos what he meant was "Black African".

  • kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-04-07 13:21

    What if I studied in Durban, learned Zulu and then moved to Cape Town. My african language would not be understood there. Even if I went to Johannesburg, most of the population speaks Sotho. So that wouldn't help anybody either

      Francois - 2011-04-07 13:38

      Are you a surfer? Did not know that you can study in Durban.

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-04-07 13:45

      It's very easy to understand Zulu if you learned Xhosa and vice versa, but I agree with the point you are making.

      Dan - 2011-04-07 13:49

      My friend, have you ever tried to listen to Julius Malema. I don't know what language he speaks, but I can't understand a word he says.

      Kabelo - 2011-04-07 16:24

      @kalafari-whatever: nah...in jhb we speak zulu (its our international language). Maybe u shuld consider learning zulu not ur fanakaloko

      Flexy - 2011-07-15 12:27

      That is not true. If you speak isiZulu an isiXhosa speaking or person who nspeaks isiXhosa will fully understand you. Do not mislead people

  • Chewbacca - 2011-04-07 13:22

    Considering all government employees are BEE candidates would mean they all speak an "african" langauge already. How lame.

      Kabelo - 2011-04-07 16:26

      @Chewbacca: R u still abroad? Go to Reserve Bank, Municipalities (start ko Cape Town) and lastly Betlhehem. O bua nyoko aubuti, do you research again.

      Kabelo - 2011-04-07 16:27

      R u still abroad? Go to Reserve Bank, Municipalities (start ko Cape Town) and lastly Betlhehem. O bua nyoko aubuti, do your research again.

  • Stella - 2011-04-07 13:23

    Government companies already consist of about 90% blacks, so why would they need to learn an African language, they should know it already?

      nix - 2011-04-07 13:39

      Good one Stella. I agree with you!! Ha Ha. But on a serious note, I know that many people would love to learn a african language, but we are too old to really make a success of it. I think that they are on the right track, just going the wrong way! Start implementing it from Primary school. Like you said, 90 % black anyway.

      Kabelo - 2011-04-08 07:07

      we are concerned abt DA - i mean 10%

      Flexy - 2011-07-15 12:31

      This is not reffering to gov employees only. It is reffering to everyone who serves the public inncluding private bussness sector.

  • OzzyInSA - 2011-04-07 13:23

    How about getting government workers proficient in English first? Or is this just anopther way of not having to respond when I call up the municple call centre?

      CygnusX1 - 2011-04-07 13:40

      Bloody good point!

      mike - 2011-04-07 13:49

      how about getting the government workers proficient in thier bloody jobs first?

      Kabelo - 2011-04-08 07:09

      @Mike, We recruit on qualifications (hence first tertiary), don't worry -most whites start from panel beating/easy jobs before they become managers - so u have plenty of time to start learning. My concern is 1 - will u cope?

  • tshwanecc - 2011-04-07 13:23

    Finish! I do not think we will get any service from government offices now.

  • Monica - 2011-04-07 13:25

    Makes logical sense, "Let's create jobs, and then make those jobs really difficult to get" Well done

  • smirres - 2011-04-07 13:26

    most university graduates who work in government can't speak proper English to start with, let alone an African Language. how about everyone mastering a universal language like English and then we can move along to something else!

  • andrelouisw - 2011-04-07 13:28

    How much more are these clowns going to meddle, this is like Nero fiddling while Rome burns!

      Smaal - 2011-04-07 14:17

      Better to fiddle with something that is completely under your control then to actually fight something like crime that is NOT under your control. The one makes you look like you doing something and the other expose you for the incompetent fool you really are. What do you think a politician will choose to do?

  • RealityCheck - 2011-04-07 13:30

    Technically Afrikaans is an african language. I dont feel Offended if someone cant speak it.

      Maki - 2011-04-07 13:34

      Bah!

      Thabiso - 2011-04-07 13:38

      I agree Afrikaans is an African languge, because it was formed by the white natives.

      Dan - 2011-04-07 13:57

      @ TheEmperorWithanO. Nice to meet another pure bred racist in our midst. You must feel very welcome. The world according to Mr. Black.You really need to move up in life, government needs you.

      pop101 - 2011-04-07 14:02

      Well, in that case...all European language concepts (like counting, science, medicine etc. etc) must be deleted from the native languages. I mean, they aren't local are they.

      Monica - 2011-04-07 14:14

      @TheEmperorWithanO I was born in South Africa, therefore I am African. Regardless of what language I speak

  • Thabo Matwabeng - 2011-04-07 13:35

    Good thing I speaak Sesotho and Afrikaans. Can I get two jobs? Or get paid for two but not actually do one job?

      BakkieB - 2011-04-07 13:49

      Hey Thabo, with those qualifications you can stay at home and get paid for both jobs.lol

      Monica - 2011-04-07 14:07

      You probably could if you were in government :)

      Smaal - 2011-04-07 14:13

      You sound like Mayoral quality Thabo(just need that ANC membership card) and yes what you are asking is very much the rule and not the exception.

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-04-07 13:35

    I learned Afrikaans, can't get more African than that

      Kabelo - 2011-04-07 16:29

      u'll then be stuck at varsity...hu said we didn't do afrikaans, engilsh and blacks language. is ur mind limited to afrikaans?

  • Dan - 2011-04-07 13:36

    What f@#kin idiots. We are really turing into a banana republic. Government should consider appointing people that can actually do the job for a change. They should speak less and do their work.

      kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-04-07 13:41

      I agree. An idiot is still an idiot no matter what language he speaks.

      Kabelo - 2011-04-07 16:30

      not in SA, unfortunately - go to Australia is u think we're still stupid

  • Thabiso - 2011-04-07 13:36

    we need one language, what is the use of this many languages? the government must debate on forming or adapting one language for South Africa.

      Thabiso - 2011-04-07 13:42

      Boring.

      Christo - 2011-04-07 13:50

      Agreed. I vote English seeing that the world does business in English. Sure, keep your home languages, but the official business language should be English. Keeping everyone happy.

      Dan18 - 2011-04-07 14:39

      Actually, English is only the sixth most spoken language. And making South Africa speak one language would result in too much linguicide. Language and culture are inextricable and languages dying out would result in cultures dying out too. The world tried Esperanto and look how well that worked.

      Kabelo - 2011-04-07 16:32

      @Christo The aim here is to do things differently, not using apartheid ways - our ways. So, let ur home language be ur family thing - but do learn and understand one african language - simple!

      mpiyakhe - 2011-04-07 20:38

      zulu is most widely spoken language in sa.so perhaps we could start there?

      Flexy - 2011-07-15 12:37

      You speak like a coconut. Not everyone got lucky enough to undertsand or learn that one language you dreaming about. Our elders do not understand that one lng and yes they need to be served in a lang they know better. You are disgusting

  • WPWW - 2011-04-07 13:37

    average sub saharan iq of 67. I'll say no more. That answers everything.

      Bleqness - 2011-04-07 15:41

      Assuming that you are really intelligent you would know of "Ecological fallacies", in which case you would therefore have not made the above inference. Now that you have made the above pronouncement shall I conclude you are "unintelligent"?

      Educated - 2011-04-08 16:25

      Actually Bleqness it's not an "Ecological fallacy", WPWW is quite right. The same study was done by James Watson who happens to be the co-founder of DNA and he came up with the same results so you can try all you like to discredit it but the facts still remain. Sorry. ps. don't worry intelligence isn't everything, I'm sure there are lots of other things you're good at.

  • Thabo Matwabeng - 2011-04-07 13:38

    I think appropriate skills and competencies, plus a good deal of commitment, honesty, hard work and dilligence should be prerequisites for a government job but, hey, that's just me.

      IThink - 2011-04-07 13:46

      You make a lot of sense, I'm afraid you will have to leave the country, you don't fit in.

  • Blue Bell - 2011-04-07 13:41

    Well hopefully they will stop Afrikaans at schools and make an african (black) language part of the curriculum

      BakkieB - 2011-04-07 13:53

      Why stop Afrikaans? Also where will you find properly qualified teachers?

      JOHNNYBRAVO - 2011-04-07 14:04

      ag nee blue bell, dis nou nie nodig om so praat nie hoor. engels is maar korrupte frans in elk geval. gaan kyk hoeveel franse en engelse woorde dieslfde geskryf word. dis net die uitspraak wat verskil!

      Andre - 2011-04-07 14:20

      @Blue Bell. You are well on your way to reproduce the apartheid regime if you look at the laws and changes you and your government want to introduce. It was what they did back then. Be different and better than that. Every person should have the opportunity to do his own home language at school. Lets rather say English and your home language, what ever that might be.

      Louis III - 2011-04-07 14:21

      Not so fast Bluebell. I work in engineering sciences and a significant portion of reference literature is in Afrikaans. The rest is a combo of mostly English, some German, Russian and even Hebrew, but none of the "African" languages. Guess which languages I need to learn to speak, or at least read.

      Dan18 - 2011-04-07 14:46

      @JOHNNYBRAVO English is corrupt French? Yeah, sure... And Afrikaans doesn't have angliscisms? All languages borrow words from each other. It's a natural language process. And French and English do not just use the same words pronounced differently. I am a mother tongue English and French speaker.

  • Roegn - 2011-04-07 13:42

    Bantu education in reverse

  • Andrew - 2011-04-07 13:44

    Makes sense that government workers should speak Moron.

  • Pharcide - 2011-04-07 13:45

    This is the question asked on Sowetanlive.com to vote on: Blade Nzimande wants to introduce a compulsory African Language at tertiary level for all, would you (if you're a white student) agree? For 63% Against 37% How can you ask this to a black reader and expect an unbiased answer? The fact that they added "if you're a white student" means nothing.Is that now supposed to convince the reader to be objective instead of subjective? Typical. No medicine for stupidity.

      KomboKitten - 2011-04-07 15:20

      (if you where a white student)??? that is so racist. disgusting.

      KomboKitten - 2011-04-07 15:20

      "if you where a white student"??? disgusting. sooo racist. the duality caused by these damn racists is filthy.

  • Victor - 2011-04-07 13:45

    Afrikaans is also an African language.... I am sorted!!! Now try and discriminate against that one!!!!

      WPWW - 2011-04-07 13:51

      they are already discriminating against you, dont you see it?

  • Andre - 2011-04-07 13:47

    I see no reason to learn another kitchen language... as per this forum ENGLISH works just fine! and most using it kinda understand it! It's not broken.. so DON'T fix it.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-04-07 13:48

    Good communication in any local language and preferably two would be of inestimable value. A variety of languages should be accessible from primary school onwards. However, clear communication is vital. Many govt employees are incomprehensible especially on the phone

  • RealityCheck - 2011-04-07 13:49

    @ Maki That makes more sense. Only problem is once again technically afrikaans is also an "ethnic" language. It wasnt imported, it is truly an african creation. I agree we could all benefit from learning another language. I just think forcing people to learn one is wrong.

  • rrcatto - 2011-04-07 13:49

    No, black South Africans must stop communicating in Xhosa, Zulu, etc. and adopt English as their home language. It is the one thing holding them back in education. The world speaks and learns and reads in English now. How many books can you buy in Xhosa? Want to read the latest Tom Clancy? It's in English. It ain't never gonna be published in Xhosa. I'm sorry, but SA black languages will never gain language ascendancy anywhere.

      tshwanecc - 2011-04-07 13:55

      Well said. My son in Grade 3 can not stand his teachers English

      thabiso.marumo - 2011-04-07 14:28

      No rrcatto, we will not adopt English as black people we are multi-lingual. Yes in learning we must use English as you know it's an international language, but socially we will continue to use our languages, we don't care if Tom Clancy is in English we are able to read it in english but at the same time can read xhosa, zulu ect books in the native language they are written in. Gov workers shouldn't be forced to learn our languages or so called African Language, they should get the jobs because they qualify for them, I don't care if my white friends can't speak my language( South Sotho) because I also can't speak Afrikaans but we are able to communicate with each other in English.

      Kabelo - 2011-04-07 16:34

      wait and see

  • edvermaak - 2011-04-07 13:50

    My best friend works in China, teaching English! Chinese will give ANYTHING to speak the international language, and do so. Is that not what should be the norm in a forward-thinking country, especially with BRIC on the horizon?

  • Badballie - 2011-04-07 13:51

    I understand them wanting no blacks to learn one of these languages, but lets be honest, making it a requirement is a bit stupid especially considering that there are 11 official languages. depending on your choice of language there is a very big chance of a person being proficient in a language no one else in that region speaks or understands anyway.

  • koeksister - 2011-04-07 13:52

    Who wants to work for the government in any case???

  • treeman - 2011-04-07 13:53

    Can you imagine if the DA was able to converse fluently with all people in our country? The ANC wouldn't stand a chance! Once people start to truly communicate there could potentially be a massive change in political and social thinking. In the short term this is great election campaigning on the ANC's part, in the long term (once everyone is fluent), the ANC will be out of a job!!!

      jowza - 2011-04-07 13:58

      da must learn to say toilets in an african language

  • will294 - 2011-04-07 13:55

    Don't force your language on someone - just because you are in a position to be able to do. Learning a language after you have finished school should be a voluntary thing.

  • Gcinumzi - 2011-04-07 13:55

    white people please relax we not saying that we kicking you out of the country all we want is for all of us (whites included) to have South African languages in common....(in a very calm voice) dont you think its racist and innapropriate for you to be so against this? Do nguni and other black South African languages bother you that much? Your hatred for our culture will only result in more black ppl jioning the ANCYL and that will lead to a civil war no infact 79% vs 12% is genocide...so PLZZZZZ whites,avoid causing racial tension by being so openly racist (in a calm voice) I agree that SOUTH AFRICAN black languages not colonial ones e.g Portugues should be taught in varsity.

      edvermaak - 2011-04-07 14:02

      No my friend - we don't hate your language, in fact, we cherish the diversity in our country. Problem is, let's once and for all accept that there is one common language used by all in the world. It is called English. Let's first get out politicians to speak english properly so that they can communicate effectively with the world, and then let's worry later about psychological inferiority issues later. This country of ours is in desperate need of repair, and we should not be wasting time with valuable resources.

      rickey.de.clercq - 2011-04-07 14:07

      No problem with that.. the issue is, why should be learn an African language when some AA's wont do the effort to learn Afrikaans. We are getting forced into a culture here and yet we are expected to give up ours.

      koeksister - 2011-04-07 14:14

      Yeah right u were the one that was all racist on the commenting space yesterday on the Blade article. So have u had time to translate my piece of Afrikaans script??? U cant understand Afrikaans and please it is not a white only language. I have colored friends in CT that speak Afrikaans and my kids has Zulu kids attending their Afrikaans medium school and they speak Afrikaans fluently. You know what.I dont mind if they teach my kids Zulu for the simple reason that it is not forced and they respect each others culture.

      Andre - 2011-04-07 14:29

      @Gcinumzi. I think you've got it all wrong. As soon as a white is against something a black said then we hate them and their culture. Come on. I do not want to learn another language. Full stop. Not French, Italian, German, Zulu etc etc. That is my reason. Not because I hate blacks or anything like that. Please think before you comment on something. And I don't think it's very intelligent to threaten whites with civil war. We are not scared.

      Moi1980 - 2011-04-07 14:46

      No one has said that anyone is kicking whites out of the country. What you must realise is that it is not feasible to be implementing a compulsory language subject at varsity level when it is not done in the primary and high-school levels. You are the one who is making it a racist issue by labelling the whites as racist. You are the one being openly racist.

      IThink - 2011-04-07 15:26

      I see my comment has been removed, in short: Gcinumzi, we are not scared of you assh@le.

      BilboBaggins - 2011-04-07 20:32

      Gcinumzi, my friend, if we cannot get jobs here we are forced to leave our country. So indirectly you are kicking us out of the country. I have no problem in learning another language but what is the point if I cannot afford to live here because I cannot get a job because I am "white"?

  • JOHNNYBRAVO - 2011-04-07 13:56

    WAIT A COTTON-PICKING MINUTE! due to aa surely nearly all govt depts are black to start off with???? so lets see. a blck must learn ANOTHER african language? so if a xhosa works in the xhosa region, which other language must he learn? he he afrikaans vir jou boetie!!

  • jowza - 2011-04-07 13:57

    i only know one word-eish

      thabiso.marumo - 2011-04-07 14:43

      you see jowza part of being a multi-lingual country is language is forever evolving, words like howzit, eish are used commonly by all in SA, we do not have to suppress anyones language, we can use one language( English) but still maintain our home languages, if any one want to learn someone's language should of free will not because someone made it mandatory.

  • MR_X - 2011-04-07 13:59

    Net nog iets om saam AA, en BEE te gebruik om ons nie werk te gee nie!

  • Janine - 2011-04-07 13:59

    @cygnusX1 - there is a difference between learning a language and learning IN a language.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-07 14:00

    Let us ALL LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH FIRST....we'll take it from there... Does Naledi Pandor speak an african language & does Juliu...agh, nevermind..

  • Monica - 2011-04-07 14:01

    Am I the only one that thinks it's weird that the government is more worried about what language is spoken during service delivery rather than that THERE IS NO SERVICE DELIVERY?

      fishycraig - 2011-04-07 14:32

      Good one Monica. Lets deflect the problem that we aren't giving service deliver onto learning an African language. Real 'hair-pulling' stuff this...

  • jowza - 2011-04-07 14:01

    how does one say "tender" in an african language

      Chez - 2011-04-07 14:42

      According to freelang.net - ukuazisa .....

      thabiso.marumo - 2011-04-07 14:52

      Chez lair ukuazisa mean to let someone know or let you know, africans never had tenders so such word do not exist, the translation will be new if translated, it's like the word Quantum we have no meaning for such words any translation will be new.

  • LetsGetReal - 2011-04-07 14:01

    An African Black language? Chinese counts in that case. Chinese are recognised as blacks under employment equity laws. So their language must count.

      Totman - 2011-04-07 14:29

      O..O! Its a difficult one. There are also more than one. Rather try North Sotho.lol.

  • Smaal - 2011-04-07 14:04

    I work within government. This sounds very dangerous and I can already see this concept being used to keep certain race groups from working within certain spheres of business but tell you what, as soon as we have a Xhosa development platform for financial systems, Sesotho sharp, smtp and application layer communication in Venda, Windows or Linux Ndebele, Zulu OS for routers, SQL Sepedi, Oracle Sesotho or TCPIP6 for Tsonga then I will consider it. Now I know enough to know what they are talking about but in my field (as in many) there is really no need to know any African languages because it is simply not relevant. I’m Afrikaans but don’t use my mother tong when communicating technical detail or having a technical conversation. To be honest if I had to I wouldn’t know half the terms or acronyms in Afrikaans.

  • briansmith702 - 2011-04-07 14:04

    English is the official language in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya amongst others. In this context this must also be considered an African language. What about French, Portuguese Arabic etc.? Blade has truly opened a pandora's box but what else do expect from an uneducated ANC cadre fool.

      cathy eksteen - 2011-04-07 14:12

      Exactly, schools are battling to just get english tought properly to their students.. English is well needed if we want international people to invest in our country.. Where is it going to help people wanting to further their studies in other countries? Are they trying to prevent people from going abroad? do they realize how long it will take them to reform everything into a different language? What about those who don't speak the same african language? Xhosa, Zulu etc?.. How much money will be wasted on that?

      Martin - 2011-04-07 14:26

      @cathy....didnt you learn xhosa in junior school? how difficult was it...not that difficult. they not teaching in the language just that you must learn an additional language

      cathy eksteen - 2011-04-07 15:42

      Sorry Martin, I learnt Spanish as I lived Gr 4 til Grade 9 in South America, then finished here with only English and Afrikaans. You missing the point.. What's the use? Where can they learn another language when they can't speak English properly which is more needed. Which one would they choose? I don't mind that Afrikaans has been taken away because it truly can't be used elsewhere but here, it's sad to me as it's my native language. Where must parents find the time to learn a new language and help their children with homework? I've learnt bits of Xhoza and Zulu from living in different parts of South Africa which is already confusing to someone who's native language it isn't. So what languages do you speak then Martin?

      mpiyakhe - 2011-04-07 20:50

      i think they mean languages originating in africa such as zulu,afrikaans,xhosa e.t.c

  • rickey.de.clercq - 2011-04-07 14:05

    Force us to learn an African language, and yet they want to do away with Afrikaans. Where is the equality in that?

      mpiyakhe - 2011-04-07 20:54

      no one wants to do away with afrikaans,it is part of this country's unique cultural heritage.

  • Martin - 2011-04-07 14:07

    to avoid confusion they should just state that one would require 3 official languages, english being first and then whichever after that. in principle it is not such a bad idea but should be implemented from grade 1 upward. blade made it sound racist because he is racist and this is another example of how the anc is trying to divide the people of south africa.

      mpiyakhe - 2011-04-07 20:56

      I think that is the best solution to this issue,and it would also help create emplyment by creating more demand for language teachers.

  • NV - 2011-04-07 14:08

    And that language would be?????