Soweto event affirms importance of indigenous languages

22 May 2015 - Goeie More! Sawubona! Unjani?
Language and culture activists say South Africans who speak indigenous languages need to stand together to prevent their mother tongues from being marginalised.
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SOWETO - Language and culture activists say South Africans who speak indigenous languages need to stand together to prevent their mother tongues from being marginalised.

A multilingualism weekend, themed "Languages Matter", was held in Soweto, giving children and teachers the opportunity to participate in different activities and information sessions.

The Pan South African Language Board says more such events are important as indigenous languages are being neglected.

Pan South African Language Board Chairperson, Mbulungeni Madiba, said "Most of the teaching still happens in English, especially after grade 4. If you also look at university, most of them are predominantly English. The concept of multilingualism...It should mean that all languages are working together...”

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