Mxlish the 12th official SA language

2013-04-01 07:46
Mxlish has been included as the 12th official South African language. (Mxit)

Mxlish has been included as the 12th official South African language. (Mxit)

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Cape Town - The government has announced that Mxlish has been included as South Africa's 12th official language.

Mxlish, the language used on Mxit, has been adopted on a recommendation from the department of arts and culture and endorsed by the Pan South African Languages Board (PanSALB).

In a late parliamentary session on Thursday, the government legislated Mxlish into the South African Languages Bill (B 23—2011).

"Mxlish fits the criteria for a national language," said Xoliswa Nbete, head of the National Languages Expansion Task Team (NLETT) at PanSALB.

"It's completely indigenous to South Africa, spoken by a vast number of people across the country and can be seen in everyday use."

Mxit was pleased with the legal framework, saying that the language was already in the common South African lexicon.

Street signage

"We have even seen our users take the language to other social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. That's a lot of talking. Or as we like to say: thtz ALT of tlkin," said Sarah Rice, vice president of Communications at Mxit.

The first street signs in Mxlish should be ready once tenders have been awarded. Reports suggest that three companies from Limpopo have been included on the preferred bidders' list.

"We are going to start with street signage as this will have an immediate and visible impact and then work towards enabling matriculants to write their final year exams in Mxlish by November 2013," said Nbete.

The department of education applauded the move that would allow learners fluent in Mxlish to communicate in a language they were more familiar with.

"This move is about embracing the organic evolution of language and showing our youth that we are committed to speaking and listening to them in their language of choice," a departmental spokesperson said.

"Mxit is so proud that our homegrown language has been recognised as the critical part of South Africa's history and future. We look forward to working with government in weaving Mxlish into the very fabric of our society," Rice said.

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