Assembly adopts languages bill

2012-08-07 21:53
Paul Mashatile (Sapa)

Paul Mashatile (Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The use of official languages bill will make a massive contribution towards promoting multilingualism, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said on Tuesday.

Speaking in the National Assembly during debate on the bill, he said it was aimed at ensuring that the government elevated the status of especially indigenous languages and promoted their widespread use.

"We wish to reiterate that this bill is not aimed at diminishing the significance and use of any of the South African official languages.

"Through this bill we will promote equitable use of all official languages," he said.

The bill would enable South Africans to use the official languages of their choice in interacting with the government.

This would strengthen efforts to ensure equal access to government services and programmes.

Specifically, the bill sought to provide for regulating and monitoring the use of official languages by national government and public entities for official purposes.

It also provided for the establishment and functions of a national language unit and departmental languages units.

It applied to all national departments, national public entities, and national public enterprises, and obliged every national department to adopt a language policy on the use of languages for official purposes.

In terms of the bill, language policies by national departments should, among others, identify at least three official languages to be used for official purposes, Mashatile said.

The bill was approved without dissent and now goes to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

Read more on:    paul mashatile  |  legislation

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Africa
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may be concerning you and this puts a dampener on your spirits. You may need to take a closer look into documents, forms...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.