ANC-regime wants to wipe every presence of Afrikaans from the SA map #2 Not wanted and Responsibility

Not wanted

It is incomprehensible now that the government does not want to take into account about 6 million native speakers in South Africa, or 13.3 percent of the population. When they think to brush out the remembrance of the previous system of apartheid by whipping out the third most spoken mother tongue in the country they are not only killing a culture but are also doing unrighteous to a population which did let South Africa grow and become what it is today.

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Afrikaans has according the census of 2010 the widest geographical and racial distribution of all the official languages of South Africa, and is widely spoken and understood as a second or third language. There is no reason at all to take away the majority language of the western half of South Africa — the provinces of the Northern Cape and Western Cape — and the primary language of the coloured and white communities. Lots of people seem to forget that also several coloured people do understand the language, though they do not seem to speak it in public or before the media. Often when they speak to you in English you clearly hear the Dutch (Afrikaans) accent.

Also in neighbouring Namibia, this beautiful language is widely spoken as a second tongue and used as lingua franca,[6] while as a native language it is spoken in 11 percent of households, mainly concentrated in the capital Windhoek and the southern regions of Hardap and Karas.[7]


South Africa has a special responsibility towards Afrikaans and its speakers in South Africa. Many place names remind people to the Dutch and their descendants. It is part of the history of the county which we may not deny. It is not by omitting names that people are going to change history though I do agree they will forget names and events easier. But is it not important that people should recognize what went on, right and wrong? People should remember the good and the bad things of the past.

The current ANC-Government stands with his back to the sister language of the Dutch and Belgian people. It looks as if they want to erase all traces of the African from the landscape. Hundreds of villages, cities and streets are renamed the last fifteen years. As such beautiful names like Vryheid, Afguns, Warmbad, Bosbokrand, Hoedspruit, Potgietersrust en Duiwelskloof. It seems the Government attaches great importance to blot out the African.
The former Farmers republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State – where the official language was Dutch – are already wiped off the map. Without any support of the population are Vrijstaatse cities such as Bloemfontein, Kroonstad and Winburg renamed.

People should resist the exile of the South African.

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Civil rights organisation Afriforum opposes this erasure. It offers also a democratic plea for the expansion and preservation of civil, minority, human and constitutional rights which comprehends the right to speak the own language. By recognizing the Afrikaans people can show respect and come easier to the establishing and preservation of mutual recognition and respect.


Preceding article: ANC-regime wants to wipe every presence of Afrikaans from the SA map #1 History

 To be continued: ANC-regime wants to wipe every presence of Afrikaans from the SA map #3 Rights


A. Differences:

  1. Teaching Afrikaans as a foreign language
    The Dutch word for “soon” is “straks”. In Afrikaans, “straks” became “maybe”. Obviously, one can have quite a bit of fun speculating on the reasons for this linguistic divergence. “T.I.A.”, some of my friends would say (usually while relaxing with sundowners on a beach): “T.I.A. — you can’t be sure of anything.”
  2. The language debate
    The taaldebat rarely confronts the daily challenges of the classroom. It does not engage with those who teach. Students feature more prominently than academics, but usually as political ciphers.
    In his university there are “blacks”, academically challenged “coloured Afrikaans-speakers”, possibly less academically challenged “coloured English-speakers” and then the primary clients: “Afrikaans students” (the descendants of “Afrikaners”) and “English students”, both white, the former performing well and at the university for reasons entirely unconnected with “race”, the latter performing less well and at Stellenbosch either because they are racist or because it is a second-best option. This is an intellectually and politically bankrupt account.
    To insist on an Afrikaans-only policy is to create a linguistically hostile environment to the many black students who may not be conversant in Afrikaans as well as to international students whose presence adds further richness and diversity to our student body. Moreover, an Afrikaans-only policy will exclude most world experts from other countries from working at Stellenbosch University.
  3. A thrill in every language
    Meyer is South Africa’s king of the crime thriller. But, like the proverbial prophet, Meyer is arguably less honoured in his home country than abroad. While local thriller lovers line up to buy his books in Afrikaans, Meyer’s major success has been in breaking through to the international market. His novels have been translated into several languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Czech, Romanian, and even Slovakian and Bulgarian.
    Meyer first and foremost writes in Afrikaans, and believes that, if the mystery is good enough, it will be translated into English.
    “But, unlike French and English, there has never been a culture in Afrikaans of thriller writing, whereas it is considered as a valuable genre in the United Kingdom, France and even Germany. But for some reason thrillers have always been seen in Afrikaans as somewhat of a lesser genre and frowned upon.”

B. Conflicts about the Afrikaner and English language:

  1. A volkstaat of the mind
    With its strong historical links to Afrikanerdom, the university is a barometer of the thinking of an influential group of Afrikaners. And in some circles, the outcome of the Stellenbosch taal debate is a straw in the wind for other indigenous languages.
  2. FW de Klerk stands up for Afrikaans
    “I find the systematic erosion of the rights and claims of Afrikaans, as established in the Constitution, unacceptable,” De Klerk said.Speaking at the University of Pretoria’s Afrikaans language conference, De Klerk said that language is one of the fundamental rights on which consensus was reached during negotiations to end apartheid.He believes that not only are some of the provisions of the Constitution often circumvented today, but the spirit in which they were negotiated is also not being honoured.”Despite our Constitution, Afrikaans is being used in an ever-decreasing manner in our courts and in state activities. Afrikaans is also under pressure at the SABC [South African Broadcasting Corporation],” he said.The language is also under pressure at schools and universities. “Single-medium Afrikaans schools are decreasing rapidly.”He said it is true that Afrikaans was a dominant language in the time of apartheid, but it is also true that those who struggled against apartheid often did so in Afrikaans.
  3. Language of division and diversion
    The downscaling of Afrikaans in the public domain is the result of these destructive language policies of the past. Any historian should acknowledge these factors. In accusing universities of lacking the will to monitor and expel those who do not subscribe to rigid protectionist understandings of Afrikaans, Giliomee perpetuates essentialist Afrikaner nationalism.
  4. AfriForum challenges Nzimande over YCL statement
    “The YCL also handed a memorandum to the North West department of education on Friday, requesting, amongst other things, that Afrikaans should be abolished as medium of instruction and that English should be used exclusively as language of education.”
  5. African languages are cool, ok?
    If many think that African languages have no value because expertise in them offers few opportunities in life, this is unfortunate — it is precisely the young who must keep these languages from extinction.Negative attitudes by young people about indigenous languages might well be reinforced by the English dominance of social networking mediums such as Twitter, Facebook and SMSes that rely on instant communications.
    If many think that African languages have no value because expertise in them offers few opportunities in life, this is unfortunate — it is precisely the young who must keep these languages from extinction.Negative attitudes by young people about indigenous languages might well be reinforced by the English dominance of social networking mediums such as Twitter, Facebook and SMSes that rely on instant communications.
  6. Dispel language snobbery
    Parents, like so many others, believe that English is the language of employment and other important opportunities and that African languages have nothing to offer.Mabeqa also believes academics and other language practitioners need to change their tune. “We need to design market-related courses that will attract young people and funding so that our children will see no difference between African language studies and other studies,” Mabeqa told the conference.
    African languages have never been given enough chance as languages of intellectualism. As a result their users, who are the only people who can pave the way for them, are not interested.But if the government takes the initiative and pulls out all the stops to make these languages official in the classroom, I believe the rest will follow. Without that, we will continue to allow children to grow up feeling lost because they cannot speak their own languages.Blade Nzimande’s suggestion that university students learn at least one African language has a precedent in some universities in the US, which require first-year students to study one foreign language. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)
  7. Shortage of resources, not language teachers
    Qualified African-language lecturers and professors are not even exclusively African first-language speakers. A number of them are Afrikaans first-language speakers, for instance. Last year, Rhodes University academics Russell H Kaschula and Thandeka Mapi wrote in the M&G about their language programmes and referred to modernising African languages.
  8. On the cusp of reinvention
    The first linguists to work in this area were missionaries concerned only with creating orthographies for the purposes of publishing the Bible and converting people to Christianity. Then came the apartheid era, when African languages were largely taught by white academics, many of whom were not conversant with these languages and taught them as asocial “dead” languages.
    Many of the mother-tongue courses were in fact dropped as part of the rationalisation process at universities. For example, the teaching staff of the African languages department at Unisa — the largest in the country — was halved. Mother-tongue courses at Rhodes were abandoned altogether in the late 1990s. Even today many universities, such as Wits and UCT, have few or no students studying African languages, especially at postgraduate level.
    The reinvention of African languages is necessary to reach the populace in languages that they understand best. There can be no democracy, no effective service delivery, no effective policing, no effective education through the medium of languages that many do not speak — languages that were privileged under apartheid and that largely continue to be privileged today even though we have one of the worst literacy rates in the world. There seems little point in stating the obvious, which is continually ignored, but let me state it again: English remains one of the key barriers to educational success. It is time for English and African language scholars to innovate and help build our nation through effective communication.Professor Russell H Kaschula is professor of African language studies and head of the school of languages at Rhodes University
  9. The future will be spoken in all tongues
    We support the view, expressed by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, that as many South African university students as possible should learn a local African language. But we do not agree with his ostensible justification for this position. He is reported to have said: “We can’t be expected to learn English and ­Afrikaans while they don’t learn our languages.”This argument highlights the purported significance of race, implying that the initiative is aimed principally at white students who should learn an African language to redress the injustices of the past. But how will repeating the injustices of the past be a way to overcome them? The 1976 uprising against the ­imposition of Afrikaans in black schools has, for more than three ­decades, made it utterly impossible for Afrikaans-speakers to expect — let alone oblige — any outsider to speak their language and has left them in a language laager of their own making.
  10. Is Afrikaans cooler as Engels?
    If you grew up in Durban you had little time for Afrikaans. We thought it was dumb, intellectually inferior. A blunt language with no creative value. Too limited in its diction to produce anything of worth. It was what the Vaalies spoke when they invaded our beaches. It was the language the SAUK dubbed TV shows into to make them extra rubbish. We saw Afrikaans as boring. It was Bles Bridges and Riaan Cruywagen. The tongue of the unfashionable and the conservative. The language of the oppressor. The language of apartheid. (I’m sure I saw those signs in English too, but anyway). By 1994, it seemed like all the stuff we had been told was true. Afrikaans was totally uncool. It looked like it was a goner. A dead language that would be assigned to the scrapheap of history.


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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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