Indigenous Languages Indaba under way in Eastern Cape

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A three-day Provincial Language Indaba is currently under way at the Steve Biko Centre in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape.

The Indaba is hosted by the Provincial Department of Arts and Culture under the theme Indigenous Languages and Multilingualism.

The event also celebrates International Translation Day.

Arts and Culture MEC, Fezeka Nkomonye, says the Indaba will also discuss the use of language in government departments and higher learning institutions.

“Since 2016, we have developed a policy that seeks to ensure that four languages that are spoken in the province are strengthened and utilised by government departments in terms of service delivery. Those languages are IsiXhosa, English, Afrikaans and Sesotho. Now, we are busy with regulations and we are engaging stakeholders,” says Nkomonye.