Multilingualism improves communication

2012-01-28 19:00

Pretoria - South Africa needs to promote equality and fairness in the use of official languages, especially during service delivery by government to the people, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said on Friday.

Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria, he said the draft SA languages bill aimed to ensure that government used all the 11 national languages without relegating or prioritising particular languages.

"At this stage we are saying lets have three languages on communication. Apart from English and Afrikaans which are being widely used, let’s add an indigenous language to be used by the local people for improved communication," he said.

When endorsed, the bill would make it mandatory for national government departments and public entities to select an indigenous language used by the majority in a geographical setting and incorporate it into communication means.

"If we are dealing with people in Pretoria, say in Eesterust, communication should be made in Afrikaans because that's the language used by most people there and let us also accommodate those staying in Mamelodi who speak Sesotho and Setswana."

He said the Pan SA Language Board had been ineffective in its mandate of promoting multilingualism in society.

  • logical007 - 2012-01-28 19:30

    I will speak what ever language you want me to as long as you give me the service I require. Service delivery is so poor in government offices, it doesn't matter in what language you ask for something to be done, as nobody working in these departments actually cares.

  • Jacques Joubert - 2012-01-28 19:34

    Afrikaans is my God-gewende reg as spraak in SA. Die ander 10 of elf is ook reg. Dont repeat the Soweatan uprising

  • bernpm - 2012-01-28 21:02

    Is mr Mashatele in line with his colleague in education???? She just ranked English as minimum a compulsory second language at schools if not first language. A regional choice out of the remaining 9 indigenous languages or Afrikaans for first language (or second after English). On the question if Afrikaans had now been declared an indigenous language, there was no answer. Come on guys, do we have one government or not??

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-29 01:35

      is Mr. Mashatile a she?

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-29 01:44

      k, i must be having a slow Sunday, mind not

      bernpm - 2012-01-29 11:26

      @Sylvester: the "she" refers to the "colleague in education" you are allowed your slow Sunday but do not advertise it.

  • Enlightened - 2012-01-28 22:08

    No country in the world can survive 11 official languages. It is simply childish But then, what do we have? children in adult bodies running the country

      bernpm - 2012-01-28 22:25

      we all know....but it is constitutional!! Want ANC to change the constitution while a majority ?????

  • Michael - 2012-02-02 11:49

    I am guessing that they haven't considered the additional cost of everyone producing an extra copy of a document in another language. Which no one will read. So make things more expensive while actually doing nothing. Sounds like the usual government policies...

  • Peter Chongo - 2015-05-29 22:13

    What about Tsonga and Venda ,if you do that it will promote xenophobic in near future please think about it

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