[lg policy] South Africa: Health department wants to go trilingual

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 Health department wants to go trilingual 2015-05-29 19:07

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 Johannesburg - In an effort to improve its language policy, the national
health department wants to provide official communication in three official
languages according to a Government Gazette notice published on Wednesday.

The department was inviting members of the public to comment on the notice.

It said, based on South Africa's language distribution, there are 11
official languages - it picked English, Zulu and Sesotho.

International communication, inter and intra-government communication and
communication of its website and social media would be done only in English.

Corporate publications of the department and written communication with the
public would be done in English, Sesotho and Zulu.

Figures issued by the department showed majority of people spoke Zulu
(23.82%) as a home language, while 9.39% spoke Sesotho and 8.2% English.

Oral communication with the public, public hearings and educational
material for health promotion and outbreaks would be done in all 11
official languages, taking into account regional circumstances.

Members of the public could notify the department in writing if they wanted
to communicate with it in a language not one of the official ones.

The same went for those who wanted to communicate in South Africa Sign


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