South Africa: Cabinet decision on languages welcomed

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Jul 26 12:09:07 UTC 2007

Cabinet decision on languages welcomed

    July 25 2007 at 04:33PM

The decision by the cabinet to approve the setting up of structures
that would ensure that government department's documents are available
in all the official languages was welcomed by several organisations on
Wednesday. The cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal for government
departments to establish language units to implement the language
policy framework. The framework makes provision for all government
documents to be available in all 11 official languages.

"This will definitely create conditions for the development and
promotion of the equal use and enjoyment of the indigenous African
languages in these government institutions, especially because they
have been squeezed to the periphery for so long," the Pan South
African Language Board said.

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