A language issue, especially in South Africa, is a very contentious as well as emotive and sensitive one because of the recent past we come from. I personally fully agree with Sanele that it should not be difficult to come to an agreement as to what the provincial official languages should be. A province like the North West, for instances, can easily decide to have as its official languages Afrikaans, English and Setswana. This is informed by practical and rational realities found in the province such as the inhabitants of the province (large numbers of Afrikaans people are found in areas such as Litchenburg, Coligny, Zeerust, Potchefstroom etc.). There can be no question about Batswana being the predominant inhabitants in the province. Also supporting the practical realities is the abundant Afrikaans literature that already exist that we can opportunistically use to further the Setswana language. Practically Setswana needs both English and Afrikaans to develop but the speakers of Setswana should not only love and respect the language but also be commited to developing the language if it is to move an inch in so far as development is concerned. The move taken by UKZN is not only a positive one but a pioneering one as other provincially based universities should follow suit sooner rather than later. As for critics, why is it necessary for Stellenbotch University to have Afrikaans as its medium of instruction when it so wrong for UKZN to have Zulu as compulsory for all first years. For God sake, it is only compulsory in the first year; it is not even a medium of instruction as Afrikaans is at Stellenbotch University. For me language is a tool of communication and if practical realities on the ground dictate that a particular language be spoken/taught/used as medium of instruction/taught as compulsory language, so be it. Let us put petty political views aside and begin to be practical!!!! Posted on 18 Jun 2013 15:45
Dear Samantha, interesting article however it poses lots of questions as to the way that companies are going. Companies can no longer lie or have hiden agendas / cost etc with regards to their products and services and this is due to the fact that people are interacting more with others than what they did before. As it is said "the truth always comes out" and now it comes out faster than you can imagine. A bad experience by one consumer can spread faster and tarnish the companies reputation. Because the web holds most information, opinions and experiences companies are now under the microscope. They cannot say as they wish because the truth is out there.
With so much choice in the market, the challenge is greater. As you may have noticed the billboard of the Ariel, Omo and Mac advertising. They all claim your whites will be brigther etc. So how does a comsumer make the choice? Considering the economy for most cost will play a factor, and if its cheaper and you get the same results why not.
People are still influenced by advertising however companies do not how to do it right considering the choice and variety that is out there. Cost has become a major factor for the majority of South Africans. As cost rise, most go for the cheaper alternative, that is why China Malls are making a killing in this country. Shoppers get the same material and style at less the price.
Concerning brands, there are way to many brands out there in order to interact with on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Advertising always worked because it reminds you. Lack of advertising opens the door to choice.
I do agree it makes sense to invest in your employees, because a productive, well skilled staff are the image of the company. It is funny that companies are taking so long to understand that the employees are the life blood of the organisation. If HR took the time to employ quality candidates from the begining, they would not have incompetant staff and inturn give a client or consumer that bad experience.
My final words: it is still the market that decides if an organisation exists or not. When you have a wonderful experience, its does not matter how much it costs, you will always make an exception for it. Humans want to feel appreciatted, and most companies done a very poor job at it. Posted on 18 Jun 2013 11:14
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It doesn't matter which province focuses on what language, as long as everyone is able to understands an African language. In KZN it would obviously be Zulu, due to the dominance of the language in the region. As for Afrikaans, Afrikaner kids are already studying in their mother tongue at school, and doing English as a second language, and that is working for them.
Whether English is a first language and another African language is taught as a second language is irrelevant, as long as young Tommy Smith is able to understand what I'm saying if we both reside in the same region. Posted on 17 Jun 2013 11:39
I agree with you fully on this topic. What I say is english can be 1st language at schools and then 3 other languages that learners can choose from. We also need more language teachers(other than english). Posted on 17 Jun 2013 08:58
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Well Sanele, by your own reasoning then, which province should be the 'Afrikaans' province? The Free State? The Western Cape? The Northern Cape? There are strong arguments in favour of each. The same goes for Xhosa and Zulu ... you may have dominant concentrations in certain provinces, but there are groups native to every province.
Ultimately it's a question of logistics, and if we have to be brutal about it, it's better to have kids in under-resourced schools learning English (as the international language of business) as their only English language, and have the teacher which would have been allocated to the second language (which nobody will agree about) to an equally undisputed subject like Maths or Science. Posted on 16 Jun 2013 18:50
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