[lg policy] South Africa: Talks to protect Afrikaans

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 31 19:29:24 UTC 2010

Talks to protect Afrikaans
Jan 30, 2010 7:45 PM | By Shanaaz Eggington


Afrikaans as a medium of tuition at university level is in crisis,
former president F W de Klerk told a conference on the future of
Afrikaans at university level.  The conference, held at the Vredenheim
wine estate in Stellenbosch this week, was organised by the F W de
Klerk Foundation. Sixty participants from 26 organisations with an
interest in Afrikaans attended as controversy rages over the
University of Stellenbosch's language policy which allows tuition in
both English and Afrikaans. De Klerk said the conference was meant to
bring role players together to facilitate dialogue and not to be in
confrontation with Stellenbosch or any other university.

The Afrikaans Language Board, the Afrikanerbond and trade unions
discussed the best language tuition model which could protect
Afrikaans within a multilingual society. De Klerk said: "The yellow
lights are flickering but we have finally moved away from underlying
confrontations over an issue that we actually agree on - namely that
Afrikaans, seen in a multi-language context, also deserves a place."

-- http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article284217.ece
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