Use official languages equitably to preserve heritage – committee

2014-09-24 11:28

All of South Africa’s official languages should be used equitably in order to best ensure the country’s heritage is preserved.

This is the view of Parliament’s arts and culture portfolio committee, which has called on the department of basic education to “move with speed in ensuring that teaching of African languages in schools is implemented”, the committee’s chairperson Xoliswa Tom said today.

She said sign language should also be part of the policy of ensuring all South Africans could access information in the language of their choice.

The Official Languages Act should be fully implemented, said Tom.

“It is also important that the age-old oral tradition of telling our stories is reenergised as a means of teaching our children how to behave.”

Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa where people are encouraged to celebrate the many cultures in the country and their heritage.

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