Swaziland: Correct siSwati wrongs

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Mon Dec 11 13:28:39 UTC 2006

Correct siSwati wrongs - Magwagwa

MASEYISINI Member of Parliament Magwagwa Mdluli has said that there is a
need to root out all the wrongs that have been incorporated in the siSwati
language when making the National Language Policy.  He said the language
was slowly but surely dying and therefore saw the need to re-instil it on
the young generation.

I observe that we now have English as a major language, said Mdluli. He
was speaking at the workshop aimed at creating a framework towards the
establishment of a national Policy, organised by OSISA (Open Society
Initiative for Southern Africa) and the Ministry of Education, at
Esibayeni Lodge, on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, OSISA Representative and Senior Lecturer at the University of
Swaziland Prof. Lwandle Kunene said the organisation was committed to the
promotion of indigenous languages in Africa.


She said the organisation was very conscious of the fact that every
individual had a right to education, health, freedom of expression,
economic justice and fair trial. She said indigenous languages tended to
be less recognised because they lacked scientific development, were badly
taught, given less qualified teachers and perceived to have much less
status than the languages like English, French and Portuguese. Linguists
should take the initiative to promote indigenous languages, she said.



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