A system using English as a common language in multilingual schools, combined with multibilingualism, can be a powerful catalyst for social cohesion.
"We are such a multilingual country, but in government, when you hear people talk, you think we are a bilingual country"
Maybe God also dwells in the small mercies of strangers, in the aha moments when humans connect deeply.
African writers must embrace their own tongues lest we drown in an English-dominated world.
Different cultures enrich our rainbow nation, but ethnocentrism throws a spanner in the works.
If our children are to stand tall, they must master the language used to exclude them.
Parents take to the streets to protest against a school's decision to only admit Afrikaans pupils.
Using art as a nation-building tool? South Africans first need to address the way they speak to one another, argues Mpho Moshe Matheolane.
Germans are already "chillen" in their downtime, "surfen" the internet and, when they leave a nightclub, they may go on to "ein afterparty".
During a late-evening conversation with my six-year-old son, I was gobsmacked by his reasoning in asserting that he is not Zulu.