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Language policy in South Africa and the unfounded fears of a Zulu hegemony

Language, Boundary and Nationism!

Africa is a Country (Old Site)

Neville Alexander
Given South Africa’s stated commitment to multilingualism, you might not think that a requirement from one of the country’s universities that its students learn an indigenous African language would raise much alarm. Yet alarm has nonetheless been the reaction from a few unexpected quarters to the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s announcement that all first-year students enrolled from next near onwards will be required to develop “some level” of isiZulu proficiency by the time they graduate.

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Development and policy analyst with a strong interest in the arts and inclusive social change. Dabbles occasionally into poetry and literary criticism!

One thought on “Language policy in South Africa and the unfounded fears of a Zulu hegemony

  1. Hmmm. “I’m afraid some people are trying to force their language and culture upon all groups in the country.” Is rather old news. When did the Dutch/English/French start forcing their own languages on all groups, all over the world?

    Don’t get me wrong, I am glad we can converse in a common language, Noel, but there is a gross inequity in this man’s comment that rankles.


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