Hon House Chairperson, the ANC-led government has been consistent in its pronouncements to ensure that we fast-track the promotion and implementation of indigenous languages in our country, including finalisation of language legislation in provinces for inclusion in the school curriculum.
The Department of Arts and Culture, in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Department for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation and PanSALB hosted the International Mother Language Day Celebrations to promote cultural diversity and multilingualism on 21 February 2020, at Amangwe Village Sports Ground in KwaMbonambi, uMfolozi Local Municipality. The International Mother Language Day is used to create awareness and appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity around the world. Worldwide, people identify themselves through their mother tongues. Mother language is the first language people use to communicate, to express their thoughts, emotions and ideas.
The celebrations were aimed at highlighting the importance of indigenous languages and to inspire all South Africans, including those with special needs, to promote, preserve and protect all South African languages. Thank you.
Mr A G WHITFIELD Mr A M SEABI