UCT to offer indigenous Khoi language

File: UCT will start offering a short course in an indigenous Khoi language from June 2019.


JOHANNESBURG - The University of Cape Town is offering a short course on Khoekhoegowab, an indigenous Khoi language.

The endangered Khoi language has been given a chance to take its rightful place after members of the broader Khoi and San communities have highlighted the plight of their diminishing culture.

Dr June Bam-Hutchinson from the UCT Centre for African Studies says there has been a flood of interest in the course from people across the country.

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“We’ve had a flood of interest, beyond our expectations. A few dozen coming in already, as far afield as Kimberley”, said Bam-Hutchinson.

Heritage activist Bradley Van Sitters says although the short course is a step in the right direction, however, more needs to be done.

The short course will officially be launched in June.