Archive for the ‘Zulu (zul)’ Category

In defense of mandatory Zulu classes

18 May 2013

isiZulu, or Zulu (zul), is the most widely spoken native language in South Africa and is spoken by about half of the population.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has announced it will make Zulu classes mandatory for incoming students, a move that has drawn criticism.

As Pierre De Vos explains in “KZN University: A storm in a (Zulu) teacup,” this policy is not unconstitutional and should not be compared to linguistic policies in the era of apartheid.

Literature and vocabulary development in Zulu

8 May 2012

Zulu (zul), or isiZulu as the language is known in Zulu, is by no means endangered. With more than 10 million speakers and status as an official language of South Africa, Zulu is a vibrant, thriving language. Indeed, in November 2010, a Zulu edition of South Africa’s Daily Times was launched (“Sunday Times to print Zulu edition“).

But to Oxford graduate and contributors to the Zulu edition, Phiwayinkosi Mbuyazi, Zulu lacks an adequate literature. He has launched Mbuyazi Publishing to rectify that and has three books so far (either published in the publishing process).

In addition to writing those three books, Phiwayinkosi Mbuyazi has also developed an alternative numbering system for Zulu and introduced some 450 words to the language.

A call to value all languages of South Africa

16 June 2011

On June 16, 1976, students led by Tsietsi Mashinini protested the compulsory use of Afrikaans (afr) in South African schools. The event is known as the Soweto Uprising and is remembered as Youth Day, a national holiday.

The era of apartheid ended in 1994, and today South Africa has eleven official languages. In addition to Afrikaans and English, they are:

In commemoration of this holiday, Chris Swepu, acting chief executive officer of the Pan South African Language Board, exhorts South Africans to celebrate their linguistic heritage with pride, allowing all to speak their native tongues so they might live to their full potential. Read his essay “Restoring our national pride” in the Star.

See also “Task Force to Study African Language Requirement” on this blog.