SA schools to introduce Mandarin next year

South African state schools will introduce Mandarin lessons next year in a bid to bolster cultural relations with China, its largest trading partner, a government official said on Wednesday.

Basic Education spokesman Elijah Mhlanga told AFP that South Africa hopes … Read the rest

ANC language investigated after threat in parliament

The DA will file affidavits alleging “bad language” after an MP was physically threatened by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina.

During the presidency budget vote on Tuesday Steenhuisen said Masina had mouthed: “I will f*&k … Read the rest

FIFA 2014: Monkey chants,bananas and homophobia

During a training session with the Spanish national team in 2004, the Spanish national coach Luis Aragonés was recorded by a Spanish TV crew referring to French soccerplayer Thierry Henry as a “black piece of s***” to José Antonio Reyes, … Read the rest

Language discrimination fuels Ukrainian conflict

Language map of Ukraine
Language map of Ukraine

The deepening crisis in Ukraine involves not only issues of political sovereignty, European integration and Russian hegemony, but also language and its relationship to nationalism and ethnic identity. Immediately after the removal of President Viktor Yanukovych … Read the rest

Advocate objects to Afrikaans testimony at Marikana hearing

afrikaans_grafikaSome families of deceased Marikana mineworkers were prejudiced at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry as they did not understand Afrikaans, a lawyer said on Friday.

Dumisa Ntsebeza SC, for the families, brought the complaint shortly after the inquiry resumed its … Read the rest

Jonathan Jansen backtracks on anti-Afrikaans statement

Jonathan Jansen
Jonathan Jansen

A careful argument on language in education has been distorted to create a media hype, Free State University rector Jonathan Jansen said on Wednesday.

“It still amazes me how a careful argument about language inclusivity can be seriously … Read the rest

‘Too few Afrikaans-speakers in dept. of trade and industry’

Rob Davies
Rob Davies

The under-representation of Afrikaans-speaking personnel in the department of trade and industry is unacceptable and the Freedom Front Plus will be asking the minister of trade and Industry, Mr. Rob Davies, to rectify the imbalance, Adv. Anton Alberts, … Read the rest

Blacks impose English on coloured children of N. Cape

languageMr. Zolile Prusente is the curriculum specialist with the regional education department in Upington. Recently, he sent a complaint to the South African Human Rights Commission regarding a problematic shift in language policy in the past year.

He alleges that … Read the rest