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PanSALB commends the SABC for 80 years of language promotion and protection through broadcasting

On 01 August 2020, the South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC) celebrated its 84th year anniversary of broadcasting, a commendable feat that the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) could not let pass without due regard to the public broadcaster’s immense contribution to the development of indigenous language in South Africa. The SABC is a critical …

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Soweto Uprising, the catalyst tragedy that led to the pursuance of a multilingual society

The year 2020 marks the 44th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising protest where learners in South Africa took to the streets on 16 June 1976 to protest against the implementation of the Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974, which sought to forcibly make Afrikaans the medium of instruction in black schools. The decree was instituted under …

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The survival of African languages in a digital era

A language offers a window to the soul of a people, their unique knowledge systems and culture. Indigenous languages in particular are, by their nature, lyrical and poetic and most importantly, carry the weight of the rich cultural history of its people with ease. The adoption of inclusive and multilingual language policies, therefore, does not …

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