Language And Identity

On the power of language

Educating our children in their mother tongues will help to address underdevelopment in Africa

​Roll out the red carpet for SA’s indigenous languages

Although English may not be the de facto talk of the town in South Africa, in written form it continues to dwarf others

AfriKaaps is an act of reclamation

Linguistic activism is central to destigmatising and celebrating AfriKaaps.

Language can be a powerful cohesive tool

A system using English as a common language in multilingual schools, combined with multibilingualism, can be a powerful catalyst for social cohesion.

SA is rich in undervalued languages, but greedy for more

"We are such a multilingual country, but in government, when you hear people talk, you think we are a bilingual country"

Amid the deafening silence are bits and pieces of God

Maybe God also dwells in the small mercies of strangers, in the aha moments when humans connect deeply.

Let’s speak the languages we dream in

African writers must embrace their own tongues lest we drown in an English-dominated world.

Universities need to get to grips with cultural diversity

Different cultures enrich our rainbow nation, but ethnocentrism throws a spanner in the works.

Jansen: Wrest power from English tyranny

If our children are to stand tall, they must master the language used to exclude them.

‘Attacks on black pupils must end’

Parents take to the streets to protest against a school's decision to only admit Afrikaans pupils.

National culture: We need to talk about it

Using art as a nation-building tool? South Africans first need to address the way they speak to one another, argues Mpho Moshe Matheolane.

Anglicisms ‘leaken’ into German language

Germans are already "chillen" in their downtime, "surfen" the internet and, when they leave a nightclub, they may go on to "ein afterparty".

Latest

Focus on FW de Klerk distracted attention from the troubling state of the nation

Some political analysts say President Cyril Ramaphosa is taking too long to mend the country, others says it is the ANC itself that must be fixed

Eastern Cape MEC orders graft investigation after two workers killed at troubled district municipality

The killing of two council workers at the Amathole district municipality appears to be linked to tender fraud and corruption

South Africans stuck in China are desperate to escape coronavirus ‘prison’

But the department of international relations and co-operation claims they are comfortable and taken care of 

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it