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Book affair aims to liberate writing and publishing from the monopoly
Book affair aims to liberate writing and publishing from the monopoly
It seems we are not too far removed from a time when two or three black people gathered together were to be separated from their common purpose. And...
At a loss for words in vernacular
At a loss for words in vernacular
COMMENTA public lecture in Lusaka by renowned writer and thinker Ngugi wa Thiong’o on the Language of Justice was an intellectual pleasure....
Arts and Culture – Donald Molosi
Arts and Culture – Donald Molosi
ActorDonald Molosi is an award-winning international actor who has worked in Hollywood, and stolen the title of the first...
English given equal status at Stellenbosch, made primary language of instruction at University of Pretoria
English given equal status at Stellenbosch, made primary language of instruction at University of Pretoria
The universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch have adopted new language policies. Stellenbosch University Council chairperson George Steyn...
Letters to the editor: April 29 to May 5 2016
Letters to the editor: April 29 to May 5 2016
Assistant professor Marzia Milazzo’s letter titled
Say it in plain (African) language
Say it in plain (African) language
Why have students of African languages diminished so drastically in the post-apartheid period? Is this because of the dominance of English,...
SA is rich in undervalued languages, but greedy for more
SA is rich in undervalued languages, but greedy for more
On July 16, the minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga, released Circular S10 of 2015: "Incremental Implementation of Mandarin as a Nonofficial...
Lost in translation: 'Hilarious' mistakes can be dangerous, too
Lost in translation: 'Hilarious' mistakes can be dangerous, too
If African language speakers were litigious, they could have a lekker time in South Africa. Here are a few possible scenarios, based on mistranslated...
Let's speak the languages we dream in
Let's speak the languages we dream in
The vexed question of language dominated last Wednesday evening's launch of my novel The Texture of Shadows at the auditorium of the Steve...
Children are lost without translation
Children are lost without translation
On Monday this week, International Translation Day, we celebrated the invaluable role of children's literature in translation in bringing...
The practicalities of implementing the policy will be difficult but the benefits are enormous
The practicalities of implementing the policy will be difficult but the benefits are enormous
It was shocking to hear someone on Xolani Gwala's SAfm early morning news programme this month referring to the use of African languages in the...
Maths still best taught in English
Maths still best taught in English
In one of the courses I lecture to postgraduate in-service teachers on language and communication in mathematics classrooms, a student posed this...

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