Celebrating International Mother Tongue Day

  • From: February 22, 2014     To: February 22, 2014
Celebrating International Mother Tongue Day

– Language & Diversity: 20 years of Democracy and the Preservation of Linguistic Heritage. Language indaba SS14

Within the broader context of celebrating South Africa’s 20 years of democracy, the conference will celebrate multilingualism. The discussion will be preceded by a cultural Astronomy show conducted by Temba Matomela (Planetarium Officer, Iziko)


  • “The Importance of Educating African Linguists” – Dr Matthias Brenzinger (AW Mellon Research Chair University of Cape Town, Centre for African Language Diversity)
  • “Reclaiming and Restoring the Nama Culture” – Bradley van Sitters (!Huni !Gurub of the Khoe San Active Awareness Group)
  • “The Role of Professional Multilingualism in South Africa’s Democracy and Beyond” – Dr Mantoa Rose Smouse (PhD, University of Florida & Head of African Languages and Literature, University of the Western Cape)
  • “The Preservation of our Linguistic Heritage Through Written and Spoken Word” – Andrea Dondolo (Cultural activist, Writer, Storyteller, Actress, Traditional Xhosa praise singer (imbongi) and Artist)

Date: Saturday, 22 February
Time: 11h00–16h30
Venue: TH Barry Lecture Theatre, ISAM
Fee: Free


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