Mthethwa dissolves Pan South African Language Board

2016-01-13 18:32
Nathi Mthethwa. (Beeld)

Nathi Mthethwa. (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has dissolved the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) with immediate effect, saying the country needed a clean slate to begin promoting multilingualism, the department said on Wednesday.

"The development of our languages and the promotion of multilingualism in South Africa needs to be accelerated," Mthethwa said in a statement.

"The year 2016 must produce tangible results. Let us start on a clean slate and act decisively on challenges affecting PanSALB," he said.

Among the reasons for Mthethwa's action was the fact that there had been no common understanding between the department and the board on what the board's strategic role should be.

He said the board failed to show "sufficient leadership" throughout its term, despite interventions made by the department and the parliamentary portfolio committee on arts and culture.

The board failed to act prudently with regard to employer-employee relations, Mthethwa said. This made it vulnerable to legal claims and compliance requirements with certain statutory obligations.

Mthethwa said the board had experienced difficulties in fulfilling its objectives, including the creation of conditions for the preservation, development, promotion and respect for official and other languages in the country.

The board also had difficulties understanding and aligning to the frameworks that governed the relationship between the executive authority and the board itself. This had an impact on the budget vote, Mthethwa said.

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