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Xitsonga: How can a marginalised language thrive?

It feels like Xitsonga is under a double-pronged attack: It is marginalised even though it is recognised as an official language in our Constitution.

Blackness has hit me in the face

Ever since grade three my isiZulu vocabulary has slipped further and further away from my tongue, writes Kwanele Sosibo.

Sepedi sparked the flame, the centre of my political consciousness

While we have 11 official languages in South Africa, our indigenous languages do not enjoy the same footing or importance as English and Afrikaans.

Siswati: Anger eludes the language of love

The language considered the Italian of Africa might be useful for amorous pursuits but it can prove a major undoing should brawn be required.

English has stolen from too many cultures to count

It has become the nation’s cultural polyfiller. The second choice of millions of South Africans. English is the language of compromise.

Setswana’s always close to my heart

Ke Motswana tota (I'm a pure Motswana). My language is my life and my pride. I think, dream and curse in Setswana.

Sesotho’s the funniest of them all

The advantages of growing up in Soweto are plenty, one being that it is a multicultural society and a melting pot of many languages.

It’s up to us to re-needle the isiXhosa haystack

I'm grateful to the youth of 1976 for taking a stand against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in black schools.

Oh youth, don’t forsake isiNdebele

Young people fought for their language rights in 1976, but now their interest is gone, writes Vusi Nanas Skosana.

It’s time to share my beautiful language with others

As languages, Tshivenda and isiXhosa are about as far apart from one another other as Venda and the Eastern Cape are in physical distance.

Sweet, soet, Sotho, boet, ‘n egg en ek

My brother and I grew up in an Afrikaans home, fighting about politics, but he can still surprise me, writes Charles Leonard.

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Sekhukhune’s five-year battle for water back in court

The residents of five villages are calling for the district municipal manager to be arrested

Special Investigating Unit probes Covid-19 tenderpreneurs

The SIU is investigating 102 companies doing business with the provincial government in Gauteng alone

Vaccine trial results due in December

If successful, it will then have to be manufactured and distributed

Press Releases

WiMSA shines a light on the future of women in mining

Men in mining must begin to take it upon themselves to support the development of women in the industry

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure reveals second gender-based violence advocacy artwork

The men and boys of South Africa are important role players in this mission to ensure that women are respected, protected and treated equally

Empowering the voice of women in leadership to enable full participation in their roles in leadership and decision making

Sibanye-Stillwater has 13% female representation in its workforce and is actively working to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Surviving the tobacco ban

Nicotine is given as the ‘likely’ reason for lower Covid-19 infection rates but authorities still stress the health risk of smoking

Smokers hold thumbs for cigarette ban to be lifted

SATTA is worried about the impact of the ban on its own members activities and how the ban is helping black marketeers to make millions of rands illegally

Covid-19: Outlook on the economy, politics and labour

Old Mutual had experts unpack the effects of the pandemic and provide practical tips on how to deal with the financial impact of job losses and salary cuts

Opt-in to Popia

All business owners should take note: there is a lot of work ahead to ensure compliance with the POPI Act that has just come into effect

Capital Legacy talks life

The Covid-19 pandemic is revealing how few people actually sort their affairs to the benefit of their loved ones they leave behind when they pass on

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