Signing set to become official language

President Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet has approved the Constitutional Eighteenth Amendment Bill for public comment. This is set to make South African Sign Language the country's 12th official language. Lance Schultz, the Chief Executive Officer of the Pan South African Language Board, discussed this with eNCA's Thulasizwe Simelane. Courtesy of #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has approved the Constitutional Eighteenth Amendment Bill for public comment paving the way for the South African Sign Language to become the country's 12th official language.

Pan South African Language Board's Lance Schultz says this is a chance for people who are not in the deaf community to learn and understand the challenges that deaf people are faced with.

"I think this will provide equitability in recognising that they will have equal access as with other languages as it stands," Schultz said.

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"It will also give recognition to them so that people in the non-deaf sector of our society will understand the challenges that they experience.

"It will allow people to have necessary training and support on interpretation and translation services. This will go in steps we won't be able to do everything at a go.

"We will bring the private and public sector on board so that we have got all the people that will be provided with services and access to resources and the component of understanding the language itself is brought within our broader society that is very important and exciting step that Spencer will support. "


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