[lg policy] South Africa: Implementing the Language Policy in the Western Cape

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 17 17:53:26 UTC 2010

Implementing the Language Policy in the Western Cape

5 February 2010

SOURCE: Language Services (Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport,
Provincial Government of the Western Cape)

The Western Cape Language Committee and the Department of Cultural
Affairs and Sport will host a language colloquium on 09 February 2010
at the University of Western Cape. The colloquium aims to review the
implementation of the Western Cape's Language Policy.
A survey conducted within government departments in 2008 and 2009 on
the language status showed a clear need for further awareness amongst
provincial departments and local government of the language policy and
support to ensure effective implementation. The colloquium will focus
on improving the language policy within the Western Cape government
departments as well as review the impact that language has on
effective access to government services.

The Western Cape Language Committee is tasked with the promotion of
the equal status of the three official languages of the Western Cape,
namely, English, IsiXhosa and Afrikaans as encapsulated in the Western
Cape Language Policy and Language Act.

Minister of Cultural Affairs, Sport and Recreation in the Western
Cape, Sakkie Jenner, says, "Language plays an important role in
creating an identity and culture within any community. It brings about
a sense of belonging and acceptance."

Media are invited to attend the colloquium as follows:

Date: 09 February 2010
Time: 09:00
Venue: Library Auditorium, University of Western Cape, Bellville


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