A case for Multiligualism in SA....what do you think?

2012-12-27 10:36

We have eleven official languages in SA and yet in Parliament only English and Afrikaans is spoken! So what happened to the other nine. Let me say this. By confining national dialogue or discourse to one or two language, we are actively promoting the death through misuse of the other languages!

We have the technology that facilities translation and interpretation of language and I wonder why government is no tardy or lax in not investing in this technology! At the UN each country representative speaks in his or her native tongue with a bank of interpreters providing real time interpretation so that every other member easily understands and can enter into the debate or discussions!

So why can we do this in SA. For a start I believe that every South African, should apart from English, be conversant in one or more of the official languages. I also be,I've that we, of Indian extraction especially, those of us who have consciously elected to substitute our mother or cultural tongue with English should make a conscious decision to reconnect with our Cukture and mother tongue and in this way we give practical effect to the principle of "unity in diversity" that is enshrined in the constitution. I also believe that facilities be made available by government that allows , say IsiZulu speaking learners to be able to speak in their mother tongue as they come to grapple with Enflish. In this way too I believe that school results especially in Matric would substantially improve! Multilingualism is also good for improved productivity and one has to look to China and India in this regard. So what I you think?

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