The rainbow nation 2.0

2018-09-23 11:59

In 2018 employing two languages interchangeably in conversation is common practice, at least for most South African millennials I know. This phenomenon is referred to as code-mixing or code-switching, writes Lerato Sibanda.

Clash continues between FF Plus and Lesufi over Afrikaans in schools

2018-09-18 13:48

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi faces more than 200 charges at the Integrity Commission of the Gauteng legislature after the Freedom Front Plus accused him of flouting school language policies and destroying Afrikaans.

9 grammar rules you're probably breaking without realising it

2018-06-21 10:02

Stepping back and thinking about your message can help you use the right grammar when speaking or writing.

Uzalo actor Masoja Msiza hits back at critics

2018-06-13 12:46

The actor says people often criticise but it's nothing to lose sleep over

Donald Trump has an unusual habit of capitalising random words in his tweets — writing experts take their best guesses why

2018-04-19 16:50

For as long as Trump has been tweeting, he's demonstrated a bizarre habit of capitalizing words that typically don't get capitalized.

Afrikaans-speaking parents threaten to close Eastern Cape school

2018-02-13 05:38

Disgruntled parents, pupils and community members have attempted to close Sandisulwazi Secondary School in Paterson, in the Eastern Cape, because it has no teacher to offer Afrikaans as a subject since May last year.

Away with Afrikaans

2018-01-28 06:01

Popular participation is needed to defeat reactionary and undemocratic decisions by school governing bodies that yearn for apartheid , write Castro Ngobese and Sibane Mngadi.

Blood and anger

2018-01-21 14:05

Racial divisions and tensions marred the beginning of the school year with weeklong violent protests at Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging, Gauteng, this week.

Language used as a barrier

2018-01-21 05:43

It is being used as a false shield to exclude those who are entitled to education at a school, writes Panyaza Lesufi.


Tito Mboweni spoke English on a Xitsonga radio station – and now he may leave Twitter

2018-09-19 13:37

The former Reserve Bank governor is taking a lot of heat for not using his native language on air.

Africans are for sale again, as Mandarin takes over

2018-09-09 10:02

The roots of colonialisation are so deep that it could take even 2 000 years to decolonise if we are not careful. We must always know that unlike an apple that fell from the tree decolonisation will not be for free, writes Enock Shishenge.

Fricking isn't the same as effing and so okay for kids to say, the ads authority just ruled

2018-07-11 13:32

It is not a euphemism but its own adjective, the ASA says on "friggin", and probably okay for kids to say at work.

The scientific reason we hear a sentence like a song when it's repeated over and over

2018-06-17 09:55

If you hear the same sentence over and over, it can start to sound tuneful. Scientists from the University of Kansas have conducted a study to try and work out why this is.

Why mother tongue education is the best

2018-04-22 06:01

For many decades Africa has been the only place in the world where most children are taught in a language that is not their own. This places African languages at the centre of the discussion as far as education is concerned.

Ba2cada proud of seSotho

2018-03-06 09:29

Lesedi FM presenter continues to make radio waves

Putting our languages on the shelf

2018-02-04 06:21

February is Language Month and on February 1 we celebrated World Read Aloud Day. All this while we are all still reeling from the report released in December that South Africa is rock bottom out of 50 countries in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, writes Gayle Edmunds.

Languages aren't racist, people are

2018-01-28 06:01

Linguicism can be linguistically argued to be racism, but the reality is that pupils will learn best in the language they understand best, write Russell Kaschula, Zakeera Docrat and Monwabisi Ralarala.

Ending the language of violence

2018-01-21 05:46

Hoërskool Overvaal protesters insist it must admit 55 more pupils, despite a court ruling, while others say the department must build more schools.

English or Afrikaans? Our identity is about so much more

2018-01-19 08:23

Condemning the behaviour of Afrikaans schools without doing anything to advance indigenous languages undermines our national identity anchored in unity in diversity, writes Mpumelelelo Mkhabela.

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