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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".

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Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

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In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

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