University of South Africa (UNISA) professor, Lesiba Teffo, has challenged African language speakers to develop their languages to an academic level to fully encompass all forms of teaching, rather than attack trade union Solidarity for building a campus for Afrikaans speaking students. Construction on the R300 million self-funded Sol-Tech campus is currently under way in Pretoria.
Hier is die kampus!
Solidariteit bou reeds ‘n geruime tyd aan ‘n vry, veilige en voorspoedige toekoms in Suid-Afrika en uiteindelik kan ons die kampusplan vir Sol-Tech bekendstel. Kyk hier: pic.twitter.com/SZePVLDcsd
— Solidariteit (@solidariteit) September 14, 2019
— Reint Dykema (@dinodrop) September 17, 2019
The campus will increase the current student enrollment of 1 200 students to more than double that number.
Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, earlier said the Sol-Tech University was established out of anger and to exclude other languages and races. Teffo disagrees.
“I’m challenging my own and choose either Zulu or Tshwana, or perhaps as per regional language; let’s go and do it. It is do-able and the Constitution says let’s build an inclusive society, and I’m adverse to those who want to undermine those values of reconciliation, national building and social cohesion. Cheap political rhetoric has not taken Africa anywhere.”
Die nuwe #SolTech kampus is wêreldklas en sal sy deure in Januarie 2021 open vir duisende studente wat vry, veilig en voorspoedig hul loopbane gaan aanpak. @SolidariDirk @OnsAkademia @SOS_Skole @afriforum @solhelpendehand pic.twitter.com/wL2kyA2p0o
— Solidariteit (@solidariteit) September 13, 2019