Follow UKZN’s lead on Zulu classes, urges Sisulu

2013-05-31 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The cabinet yesterday welcomed the decision by the University of KwaZulu-Natal to make Zulu language classes compulsory for undergraduates.

Deputy vice-chancellor Professor Renuka Vithal announced earlier this month that from next year until 2018, students and staff would take a semester-long exam course to learn enough Zulu to speak to each other on academic subjects.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the cabinet wanted to see other universities provide compulsory language courses to promote students’ proficiency in the primary vernacular used on their campus or in their province.

She noted that South Africa has several official languages and that the cabinet was in favour of all South Africans becoming proficient in as many local languages as possible. She stressed that the cabinet was excited about the prospect of all vernaculars, not just Zulu, being taught.

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