Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi to engage future language practitioners in Commemoration of International Mother Language Day in Port Elizabeth

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Rejoice MDeputy of Art and Culture-Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi_blogabudafhasi, MP, will on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 meet and interact with future Language practitioners to observe the 2016 annual International Mother Language Day under the theme, “To promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by the people of the world”. This occasion will take place at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, North Campus in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

The International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1999 in order to promote awareness of multilingualism, linguistic and cultural diversity. Celebrated on 21 February annually, this Day commemorates an incident in 1952 when four students in Bangladesh were killed during demonstrations to recognise their mother tongue as an official language.

Mabudafhasi will use this event to meet and interact with the beneficiaries of the Department of Arts and Culture’s language bursary scheme. The scheme is aimed at building skills and capacity in the arts, culture and heritage sector; as well as developing qualified language practitioners in fields such as translation, interpreting, lexicography, language planning and human language technologies. The Department’s bursary scheme has benefitted many students from 15 Universities across the country since 2004. The initiative is in line with the Department’s mandate to develop, promote and protect all official languages in order to enhance nation building and to promote social cohesion.

Prior to the engagement with future language practitioners, the Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi will also hoist Flag at Cowan High School as part of the National Identity Campaign recently launched in partnership with SABC Education under the slogan, “Afurika Tshipembe lashu”, meaning Our South Africa. This campaign is an extension of the Department of Arts and Culture’s Flag in every School project that aims at educating learners and citizens about nation building and social cohesion. The programme includes promoting the singing of the National Anthem; reciting of the Preamble of the Constitution and installation of the National Flag in schools. The campaign’s objective is to mobilize all South Africans, schools, different racial groups, civil organisation, interfaith and business to strengthen relations amongst fellow South Africans towards a common identity.

Members of the media are invited as follows: 

  1. Flag Hoisting 

Date    : 23 February 2016

Time   : 07:30 am

Venue : Cowan High School, Madala St, New Brighton in Port Elizabeth 

  1. Main Event 

Date    : 23 February 2016

Time   : 09:00 am

Venue : Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, North Campus, University Way, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

RSPVs: Madimetja Moleba, MadimetjaM@dac.gov.za; cell: 072 842 6594/012 441 3737

For enquiries, contact Peter Mbelengwa at 082 611 8197 / petermb@dac.gov.za

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