The Promotion and Preservation of Indigenous Languages

Last week SAFM held an interesting discussion on the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in South Africa. Radio presenter, Stephen Grootes, debated the issue with Dr Thabo Ditsele, Linguistic PHD student at UCT; Senior lecturer in African Languages at UCT, Dr Tessa Dowling; and Professor Sihawu Ngubane, Head of African Languages and Linguistics at UKZN, and former … Read more

The Importance of Language

This Wednesday marks the anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated on the 30th January 1948. Gandhi, who lived in Durban for many years, believed that in order to be truly liberated, a person must recognise the significance and importance of their own language and culture. In line with this thinking this Wednesday the … Read more

Mzansi Taal

Being the multicultural mixing pot that it is, South Africa has more than its fair share of colloquialisms that to an outsider would sound a little peculiar! Over the years we’ve written a number of articles on the different isiZulu slang words that have entered popular culture, but now there’s a one-stop shop which includes … Read more

The Ndlovu Youth Choir

If you want to get your feet tapping this morning then do yourself a favour and watch the Ndlovu Youth Choir perform their version of Ed Sheeran’s, Shape of You. Sung predominantly in isiZulu, the choir’s take on the song features all of South Africa’s eleven official languages, as well as the skilful flute playing of … Read more

A New Star!

Newly launched isiZulu publishing company, Kwasukela Books, came about as a result of both a love of reading, and the realisation that the publishing opportunities for authors of indigenous language books was severely restricted in South Africa. English literature student Wade Smit, 23, from the University of Cape Town, established Kwasukela Books after having spent time working … Read more

Learning isiZulu

Earlier we wrote about Melusi Tshabalala’s new book, and how Melusi and his colleagues are working on an app that will allow readers to scan words in his book in order to hear an audio file with the correct pronunciation of the various words. While isiZulu may be one of the more phonetic languages, this is … Read more