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African languages - group backs Nzimande

2011-04-19 17:03

Johannesburg - An organisation promoting language rights on Tuesday came out in support of Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's call to make studying African languages compulsory.

"The call... to make it compulsory for students to learn and study an African language as a prerequisite to completing their undergraduate studies is almost long overdue," said the commission for the promotion and protection of the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities (CRL Rights Commission) in a statement.

African languages needed to be entrenched "right through secondary education and beyond".

"That is the approach that elevated English and Afrikaans to levels where they are today," said the CRL Rights Commission.

It said it would be available to assist the advisory committee in the minister's office to develop African languages.

"Resources should be made available at basic level so that all children access languages of their choice including African languages."

Comments
  • james4usa - 2011-04-19 17:18

    I'm convinced that Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa etc etc will be the world wide trade language in the very near future.

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 17:56

      It's not 1st of April today!

      VM1 - 2011-04-19 19:55

      your sarcasm displays your level of inteligence -

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 20:16

      who? what? when? how?

      AndrewM39@24.com - 2011-04-20 07:22

      Please include a Chinese dialect and have the UN include Zulu as an official language.

      Rupesh - 2011-04-20 08:18

      James, yes Pedi Zulu etc may not be the world wide trade language of the future, but neither is Afrikaans. It is ignorant people like you that cause ignorant people on the other side to rant and rave about white people (this is despite you are white or not). To people like James4usa - it is important to preserve the linguistic culture of SA and hence, it is important every student learn 2 languages, one being English and the other being an indigenous language. To the people on the other end of spectrum - Afrikaans is an indigenous language. I neither speak or care to learn Afrikaans at the moment. However, I hope more people stand up for is right rather than what is convenient.

      what.next - 2011-04-20 09:02

      I agree Rupesh. Altough I enjoyed James sarcasm, and agree that it won't be the language of trade, it is important to acknowledge where we come from and ensure that children know english as well as an indigenous one. It's not an easy prospect but it is important to conserve our culture, whether we are born white or black. I consider Afrikaans to be one of these languages. Personally I am learning Zulu through an institution, as a white person, because I feel it's unfair to expect people to speak in a foreign language if I'm not prepared to try understand theirs.. That English is used in business etc, is a reality but also a convenient excuse..

      what.next - 2011-04-20 11:25

      I agree Rupesh. Altough I enjoyed James sarcasm, and agree that it won't be the language of trade, it is important to acknowledge where we come from and ensure that children know english as well as an indigenous one. It's not an easy prospect but it is important to conserve our culture, whether we are born white or black. I consider Afrikaans to be one of these languages. Personally I am learning Zulu through an institution, as a white person, because I feel it's unfair to expect people to speak in a foreign language if I'm not prepared to try understand theirs.. That English is used in business etc, is a reality but also a convenient excuse..

      SAtoStay - 2011-09-17 07:44

      Dear James, is your frame of reference so pitifully small that you think people only use a language to trade with? You only willing to speak a language that you earn your trade with? I simply don't understand what the point would be of having money if you are uncultured.

  • herrie - 2011-04-19 17:19

    Afrikaans is also a African language. Would love to see that being made compulsory...gg

  • Phil - 2011-04-19 17:22

    Afrikaans is an African language, so you will actually only punish English speaking pupil.

      ? - 2011-04-19 19:59

      @phil By simply comparing afrikaans to german and you will notice the obvious similarities.

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 20:18

      ?. Afrikaans is an African language. Only spoken in South Africa!!!!! (OK more and more overseas due to brain drain). Fact is it originates from here.

      ? - 2011-04-19 21:25

      @gizzy, It doesnt matter if its only spoken in SA and Namibia. Its true origins stems from europe. i was in north western germany already and being able to speak afrikaans myself was no problem to live there where platt Deutsch is spoken. Afrikaans is a european language and afrikaners are european people with south african citizenship

      Rupesh - 2011-04-20 08:22

      Afrikaans is indeed an African language. It doesn't matter that it has its roots in European languages, but the fact remains it was formed and influenced by life in Africa. Yes, it is spoken by white people, but African whites, not European whites. They are not European people. They are white people. Not all whites are European. They may be European descended, just as your forefathers are descended from Central Africa and by your arguments, should have no rights in this beautiful land.

      Alfred - 2011-04-20 10:16

      @No name - what complete and utter twaddle. Afrikaans is as European as Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa etc is West/Central African. Rupesh nailed it, as inconvenient as it is for you, you can't just decide when time began in SA because it suits you. By your own 'logic' you are as foreign to SA as Afrikaners are.

  • Warren - 2011-04-19 17:24

    I think this is a very good idea, it should however be done from primary school level. My staff stand next to me & discuss how & what they are going to steal from me & I'm none the wiser because I am to lazy to learn the local language. I know this because of the existence of technology & translators.

  • Taurusaurus - 2011-04-19 17:27

    "Resources should be made available at basic level so that all children access languages of their choice" - the key words in this sentence, as quoted from the CRL Right Commission in this article, are "LANGUAGES OF THEIR CHOICE". It'll be a cold, rainy day in hell when I've got kids who are forced to learn languages against their will - why not make Algebra, Science and Geography compulsory? At least that would be more practically beneficial than being able to spew out a generally unimportant conversation in a different language! Perhaps this is why education in South Africa is so poor; because the important subjects are being discarded in favor of being able to speak multiple languages - probably so that you can say "shoot the boer" without having to worry about "offending" anyone!

  • jjhvan - 2011-04-19 17:30

    I think I'll let my son take Bushman language. Definitely NOT Xhosa or Zulu or any of the oppressor's languages.

      Rupesh - 2011-04-20 08:23

      First of all, we should lose the attitude that someone is the "oppressors". I know many will disagree with me on that. I agree, we should learn the Bushman's language, is it called Xam?

  • Faahim Dajee - 2011-04-19 17:34

    Shoving another language down our throats, just like Afrikaans was back in school. Reverse apartheid at its best!!

      Goldenk9 - 2011-04-19 18:48

      Please enjoy.

      Raymond - 2011-04-19 20:54

      Yes,quite right,Reverse apartheid at it's best not only in languages but in other fields as well.The old job reservation is now AA,EE among other things.This is just another way of making things difficult for other race groups to enter or pass at University so the entrance and pass rate numbers will drop for these other race groups.Makes it easier for the others.ENGLISH is a universal language,go to any corner of this earth,and someone will be able to communicate with you.Ask me I know.

  • chris - 2011-04-19 17:37

    Exactly Afrikaans is also an African langauge. If the government says no, we should go to the European Union and aks them to give money to protect Afrikaans considering the government says it's not African. Or maybe the Dutch government should pay money to support the Afrikaans language becuase it's not African and considered a Dutch dialect. That would be cool then we can use that money to start make our very own Afrikaans channels and soaps.

      Sizwe - 2011-04-19 22:44

      Afrikaans is already on the syllabus and forms part of the core of the languages group required for matriculation not to mention Matties, Pukke and Kovsie offering instruction purely in Afrikaans as an option...

      Rupesh - 2011-04-20 08:25

      Chris - what you say is silly and impractical. Sizwe is right, Afrikaans has much more benefits in SA, than other African language. (you can see by my statement that i believe it IS an african language).

  • pmbongwana - 2011-04-19 17:37

    FINALLY! My, oh my am I glad to see such.Promotion and language intelligence of African Languages is long overdue in this country.

      Bloedrivier - 2011-04-19 17:48

      D..DUM....DU..MEL..A.........Fuck this, I'll become a stripper!!!!!

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 17:58

      Two languages are compulsory already! English is the only language that isn't classed as African!

      SAtoStay - 2011-09-17 07:50

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. Ek's bietjie in die pekel want ek kan nog nie, maar sien heelhartig uit om nog 'n taal te leer. I am very much surprised to see the strong reaction against this, but am greatly looking forward not having to use English as a tool to communicate with fellow South Africans. So as a very much traditional Afrikaner, whose blood pressure rises at the arrogance of the posts here against anything not English, I shall enjoy not speaking their language.

  • freedom - 2011-04-19 17:39

    Im just wondering when JZ sat around the table with the BRIC countries who now want to invest billions, were these negotiations done in Xhosa or Zulu or did these guys actually converse in English? Hey Blade must say you not so sharp mate definately a Minora!!

      Raymond - 2011-04-19 21:02

      Most of these guys are not the brightest crayon in the box.Why don't these clever guys do something more constructive and try to work out a plan to curb crime in this crime infested country.Reading and watching news in this country is depressing.

      SAtoStay - 2011-09-17 07:52

      No my friend, don't make fun of these languages because this is offensive. They are not saying these languages are world languages. Better question: when last did you negotiate a deal for BRIC countries, and when last did you speak to fellow South Africans whose best tool of communication is Xhosa or Zulu, and whose business you gladly accept?

  • Venstermaker - 2011-04-19 17:45

    I will gladly let my children learn another language. In fact I will insist. It will give them more skills. So, bring it.

      freedom - 2011-04-19 17:54

      I agree it is beneficial to all south africans but it should not be to the detriment of the english language as that is the international acceptance most definately on a business level

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 18:00

      Your children are already doing two languages at school. It is compulsory! It's your choice of what that second laguage should be.

      freedom - 2011-04-19 18:30

      @gizzy ever sat around a boardroom table or a negotiating table and you dont understand what theother parties aresaying? mayne not but trust me its very benneficial if you can understand trust me. So maybe we shouldnt be so narrow minded in this regard.

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 19:13

      freedom, most board meetings are conducted in English. I'm not narrow minded but just stating fact. Many people battle to learn languages. So are you going to hold them back for that? And where does it end? You learn one african language and you move to an area those doesn't speak or understand it, are you then going to be forced to learn another one? There are 11 languages!!!!

      freedom - 2011-04-19 20:43

      Gizzy we are in a changing country if we like it or not, many board meetings are no longer entirely in english but very mixed depending who you work for. But remember a child will learn the languages alot easier than an adult, and I do beleive it will be unfair to make it cumpulsory for a senior student to now learn another language and make it a prerequisite for passing. my wife is in her senior years and now has to learn german, french italian and spanish. if you want to you can.

      Rupesh - 2011-04-20 08:26

      yes but no one should be forced to learn a specific group of languages and there shouldn't be discrimination between any african languages (Afrikaans included).

      SAtoStay - 2011-09-17 07:56

      What is this fixation on board meetings? One would swear every South African is a bloody CEO 24 and only concerned with communicating with regards to business. Did you know that an entirely new cultural understanding comes with learning a language? That you would suddenly understand conversations going on around you? That you would be able to communicate outside the board room with colleagues on a level not possible before? That business is not the only activity on the planet? How uncultured and extremely arrogant all of you are!

  • NV - 2011-04-19 17:47

    And where is he going to find all these language teachers? And what language should I learn at Tukkies when I'm going to work in Port Elizabeth????

  • terry - 2011-04-19 17:53

    Good idea! If I plan to study engineering, or accountancy - just exactly how will learning Zulu make me a better Engineer or Accountant?Just another reason why the remaining white people will emigrate! IDIOT!

      Rupesh - 2011-04-20 08:28

      ok, the way you say what you say brings about more hatred. First of all, if you plan to study engineering, accountancy, etc, only English should matter. Afrikaans has had a more priviledged status in SA than other African languages. If you want to leave the country because of this language reason, please do. Your attitude doesn't help in nation building. Through time, it is possible to bring other African languages to the level of science and technology. To the people on the other side of spectrum - Afrikaans is an African language.

      SAtoStay - 2011-09-17 08:01

      It maybe won't make you a better engineer, but tertiary education is also about widening your frame of reference. Exposing you to culture, making you think about things you will never again have the opportunity to be exposed to. Learning another language will make you a better person. Just being an engineer is not enough to succeed in life.

  • Krush - 2011-04-19 17:54

    I'll just study through an international university that can give me my degree online.

  • gizzy - 2011-04-19 17:55

    Where do all these groups come from and who funds them?

      The All Seeing Eye - 2011-04-19 18:40

      You fund them and your fellow tax payers.

  • Boer - 2011-04-19 17:57

    Nothing wrong with learning.

  • william.botha - 2011-04-19 17:57

    Language rights, sure a one sided right ain't it?

  • chris - 2011-04-19 17:57

    But why does Mr Blade Nzimande not FOLLOW BY EXAMPLE and stop sending his OWN KIDS to ZULU schools and start speaking ZULU. You can't expect other people to learn your language if you don't want to speak it yourself or send your OWN kids to ZULU schools. Why should we learn it if you don't speak it yourself Mr Nzimande? Why should our kids learn it if your kids are in English schools? What the point of that? FOLLOW BY EXAMPLE and start supporting your own language before expecting others to learn yours.

  • chris - 2011-04-19 18:01

    But why does Mr Blade Nzimande not FOLLOW BY EXAMPLE and stop sending his OWN KIDS to ENGLISH schools and send them to ZULU schools. You can't expect other people to learn your language if you don't want to speak it yourself or send your OWN kids to ZULU schools. Why should we learn it if you don't speak it yourself Mr Nzimande??? Why should our kids learn it if your kids are in English schools??? What the point of that?? FOLLOW BY EXAMPLE and start supporting your own language before expecting others to support and learn yours.

  • Naraku - 2011-04-19 18:02

    I don't like the idea of it being compulsory, I didn't like it when Afrikaans was compulsory either. That's social engineering.

  • gizzy - 2011-04-19 18:03

    Blade has been asleep on the job! Two languages are already compulsory at school. English is the only language that is not classed as African. Blade is just trying to sound as they he is working!

      VM1 - 2011-04-19 20:01

      boet - as a coloured person - you would not have any idea you home language is afrikaans / afrikaaps and english leave us to our languages besides you have a choice to send your kids to a french school - and hope that they will find a job in paris

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 20:22

      VM1, What are you saying. You don't know my race so don't assume! Do you have a problem with coloureds? RACIST!

      VM1 - 2011-04-19 21:28

      @dizzy gizzy You are a little giddy if you think that I have a problem with any race my problem is the drivel you are spewing on this forum.

  • So What? - 2011-04-19 18:03

    Love to see this - many school leavers cannot even pass their own langauge properly - how are they going to cope at University level with Oxford Zulu or Oxford Xhosa? With so many of the youth cramming English speaking schools with English as a main language, how are THEY going to cope at University level? Can see a lot of failures coming in the future. Teach the basics at school level as a second, or even third language, and leave it at that. Pointless exercise if one does not continue speaking the language. I can hardly speak Zulu anymore as most I encounter speak English or some language from further north, much further north, with aheavy French accent.

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 18:10

      Oxford Zulu or Oxford Xhosa?????? Oxford is a dictionary for English!

      So What? - 2011-04-19 18:16

      Um Gizzy, Oxford is also a University with, I hope, still very high standards. Point is, will the standard of the African language being offered be of this high standard or not?

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 18:25

      Oh so they teach zulu and xhosa at Oxford? Well, blow me!!!!!! Never too old to learn!

      SAtoStay - 2011-09-17 08:07

      I agree. The most sophisticated use of these languages as you rare referring to at tertiary level is not approachable to mere casual learners. There are however different level subject curricula that could be developed focusing on teaching it to beginners. Gizzy is of the opinion that these languages are unsophisticated and this underlines the need for education in African languages for tertiary students.

  • Marulaneng - 2011-04-19 18:07

    Blade, pls fix the quality of education and leave the damn languages alone!

  • Faahim Dajee - 2011-04-19 18:07

    The best part about all these black diamonds is that they send all their kids to Private Schools with proper English speaking teachers and most of these teachers are WHITE!! If these pricks really believe that their own languages are beneficial to the people, Then why not send your kids to schools in the locations? So Blade, take your kids out of that private school and put them in a school with Bantu education, Dont worry my tax will sort it out for you.

      VM1 - 2011-04-19 20:20

      Very angry Faheema very angry - do you wish you went to a private school ? ?

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 20:33

      VM1, why such an obession with private schools? You aren't perhaps a product of one? There are more black pupils in private schools than whites. Did you know that? And guess what? They are all learning in English!

      VM1 - 2011-04-19 20:50

      @gizzy The ratio you are reffering to reflects the ratio of the population. Your comment is not telling me anything new.

      Faahim Dajee - 2011-04-20 07:38

      @VM01, Nope less fun there!

      Faahim Dajee - 2011-04-20 07:43

      @Gizzy, You clearly didn't understand that comment, Feisty!! However, The black pupils in those private schools are doing well without any political influence and the criteria works well, so why add another language without the parent/students consent? I'll await your short tempered reply.

      Faahim Dajee - 2011-04-20 08:25

      @Gizzy, that last comment was meant for VM01.

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-04-19 18:09

    Honesty should be made compulsary

  • whiteass - 2011-04-19 18:11

    I think it is a brilliant idea, but they can not supply students with the necessary education material at present how will they manage when they add a third language

  • Boetman - 2011-04-19 18:11

    So I take it this means any African language except Afrikaans? As in everybody is equal, except those we do not like. The interesting thing would be to see how the law will be defined so that it excludes one of its own? Maybe simply refer to it as any indigeous, non-white languages, except English. Or put a footnote in saying Afrikaans is explicitly excluded? Very intersting situation........

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 18:27

      Afrikaans is a non white language. It is the most multi racial language in this country. Not that I like it but I was forced to learn it!

  • ocon777 - 2011-04-19 18:35

    "Look over here look over here! they are still oppressing us they are still oppressing us! vote anc vote anc" Blade you need to work at fixing this mess and to teach different languages is gonna take a whole load of work... I could be wrong but as far as I know... ... there is no pedi word for work...

  • The All Seeing Eye - 2011-04-19 18:38

    So if I studied engineering(like I did) paying SH*T load of money,studing morning to night. I would now have the extra burden of studying some useless langauge in terms of engineering. Plus I would also be paying even more to pay someone's salary to teach me something I don't want to learn or need to learn??? This sounds like more of useless job creation scheme from the ANC. I am all for learning african langauge(if afrikaans is included) but at school level. NOT FREAKING UNI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! where most people cannot even afford the fees or have the time!! Another scheme for the ANC to milk the "rich" .

      The All Seeing Eye - 2011-04-19 18:44

      Perhaps also a scheme to limit non-blacks to higher education since they will be at an advantage and not need to take the course since they speak langauge and thus make uni more affordable. The extra burden for learning on non-blacks in a high stress enviroment will be detrimental to there education.

      jjhvan - 2011-04-19 18:51

      You will definitely need it when you do compulsory work in black areas. Building schools and hospitals that will only be burnt down once they have a dispute and do not get what they want.

  • ? - 2011-04-19 18:49

    I think that they are: *trying to improve services to black people because if u are a white doctor in a rural area and cant speak a black language,it makes your task more difficult to understand what your patient is saying *trying to force their black culture onto us I will NEVER learn a black language,forget it,not with the way they mismanage this country.If they were less racist and did a better job running the country,then this alone would foster an interest in their ways,but aaahaaaa,hell no,not for me,forget it,go to hell.

      VM1 - 2011-04-19 20:48

      namelessguy Are you still at it with you coloured republic where have you been hiding you do not want to learn an "black language" you will soon be left alone my friend . A lot of coloureds already speak a mix of Nguni languages which they learn at that "great university" in Tokai. They speak this mix with such pride mixing it with a few afrikaans words - very interesting heh. You will pick up this language in Lavender Hill , Manenberg Retreat Heideveld ,Grassy Park etc. Do not be left behind ! ! !

      Sizwe - 2011-04-19 22:50

      And you expect us to take an interest in you or even take you seriously whilst you talk this drivel?

  • Realist - 2011-04-19 19:03

    I think the Chinese are going to change that! I will not be surprised if Mandarin becomes more important, after all the Chinese will be controlling industry in this country, they probably own the ANC, and they dont give a rats @ss about language! So while all the fools here diddle daddle about issues that are more emotional than economically useful, emerging powers such as China and India will simply walk in and supply to the economy what the locals cannot do, simply because the priorities as always of this government is in the wrong place.

      james morrison - 2011-04-19 19:17

      Could you imagine Pecki's speaking Mandarin, they cant even speak english ...

  • Crunchie - 2011-04-19 19:11

    I think the flappies only wants to make the whities die moer in. All part of their bigger plan to get rid of us so they can stuff the country up without having to think up stupid excuses and explanations

  • Gerhard Nel - 2011-04-19 19:22

    I, for one, think it's a good idea. I took Pedi until Std.7,but continued learning after school when I worked in transport, and a lot of the drivers were black. I'm not fluend, but speak and understand enough to hold conversation. It's a small gesture, and most of the black guys speak to me in Afrikaans, but not because I can't speak their language. On occasion we've bantered in Pedi, they've laughed at my broken speach a bit, but all round it earns you some respect if you can show that you respect them enough to learn something abouth them. And it breaks down barriers. At least, if they did harbour ill thoughts about you, they'll think twice about running their mouths, as they know you'll probably understand them.

      gizzy - 2011-04-19 20:25

      Glad you are only fluend and not fluent! It would really impair your speach and your speech wouldn't be understood.

  • ? - 2011-04-19 19:40

    I think that they are: *trying to improve services to black people because if u are a white doctor in a rural area and cant speak a black language,it makes your task more difficult to understand what your patient is saying *trying to force their black culture onto us I will NEVER learn a black language,forget it,not with the way they mismanage this country.If they were less racist and did a better job running the country,then this alone would foster an interest in their ways,but aaahaaaa,hell no,not for me,forget it,go to hell.

      VM1 - 2011-04-19 20:58

      namelessguy Are you still at it with you coloured republic where have you been hiding you do not want to learn an "black language" you will soon be left alone my friend . A lot of coloureds already speak a mix of Nguni languages which they learn at that "great university" in Tokai. They speak this mix with such pride mixing it with a few afrikaans words - very interesting heh. You will pick up this language in Lavender Hill , Manenberg Retreat Heideveld ,Grassy Park etc. Do not be left behind ! ! !

  • Duke - 2011-04-19 19:49

    Idiot is drawing away attention from the main problem. Black students are fairing dismally. Can't pass at 30 percent. So make other race groups suffer by forcing an undeveloped language down their throats. English, Russian, Chinese, Arabs, Indians etc all have a script and structure that support their languages. Cave paintings is the closest blacks have. An African language will add no value, it is an assembly of other languages with limited original vocabulary. So what are they talking about??????

      TAS - 2011-04-19 20:17

      Definitely a ploy to make it difficult for white people to graduate.. Blacks are failing dismally so do something to make white people fail. If they were serious about this then start introducing this at Grade 1 and then roll it out as Gr1 pupils progress. Introducing this at varsity 1st is a racist ploy to cover their lousy performance

  • MK007 - 2011-04-19 19:53

    good

  • will294 - 2011-04-19 20:54

    Tower of Babel here we come

  • will294 - 2011-04-19 20:57

    How mant textbooks will we find in Pedi, S Sotho etc, ??

  • Chrome40 - 2011-04-19 20:58

    Say computer in Zulu please, anybody

  • will294 - 2011-04-19 20:59

    Good way to ensure that your people can't make it in the global village - but then our government has a penchant for stuffing up everything they touch

  • Joey - 2011-04-19 21:05

    Hope you refer to Afrikaans as an African language!!!!

      herrie - 2011-04-19 21:07

      The one and only real african languate, in my view.

  • gray - 2011-04-19 21:28

    If there was one language I'd actually agree as I find it odd this isn't the case already if you're old enough to remember Afrikaans as a 2nd language ! Problem is, which one? Also, do yourself a favour and focus on ENGLISH - any other language is just secondary internationally anyway.

      SAtoStay - 2011-09-17 08:10

      You won't be doing yourself a favour at all, since the world is not as simple as you are making it out to be. Expect to be kept out of conversations if you can't keep up with South Africans more and more communicating in languages other than English. There are more than enough Zulu/Xhosa/Sotho speakers in South Africa to warrant this.

  • DoublySalmon - 2011-04-19 21:33

    School leavers do not manage to master either Afrikaans nor English. Hey, allot of white South Africans are getting gatvol, if you implement Apartheid on us (let's face it you have) Muzzle the media, threaten us with genocide don't be surprised when we fight back. First we will take you to the courts, failing that alternative ways will be considered. Afrikaans is our African language. "African" languages have no place in the work place, then again most of the people who do speak so called "African" languages live of welfare and do not know what a work place is.

      VM1 - 2011-04-19 21:47

      why the war talk salmon - are you planning to be a terrorist apppologies a freedom fighter" now !!! You need guts for that boetie not the anonymous furum talk. Your walk talk will scare the old ladies hobbling on this forum.

  • Patsi - 2011-04-19 21:52

    I can only understand Afrikaans, but for the life of me whenever I try to speak it "my tongue seems to tie itself into gigantic knots" I cannot help my daughter (11yrs old) with Afrikaans, so how on earth am I going to help her with a third language? What is going to happen in our schools now? Please allow us the choice of what second language we would like to learn, and not force any person (be it a child or adult)to learn 3 different languages. Patsy

  • Julius - 2011-04-19 22:22

    Define African, my dear racist ANC minister

  • Sizwe - 2011-04-19 22:48

    To all the nay-sayers keep in mind Afrikaans is already on the syllabus and forms part of the core of the languages group required for matriculation not to mention Matties, Pukke, UJ(RAU) and Kovsie offering instruction purely in Afrikaans as an option...

      SAtoStay - 2011-09-17 08:14

      with the odd English person who won't go through the trouble of learning the word "ja of nee", because they speak a mighty world language, sitting in class feeling sorry for themselves if they can't tap knowledge from Afrikaans academics. Expect this to be the case soon with regards to Zulu and Xhosa as well, and personally am looking forward to it.

  • asiseeit - 2011-04-20 05:23

    iyawn....!

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