Multilingualism Awards Winners Announced

Johannesburg, 19 March 2011 – It was an evening of multilingual excellence as the frontrunners in the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB)’s 2010/11 Multilingualism Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday evening. The Awards recognise individuals and organisations which actively promote and preserve South Africa’s 11 official languages as well as Khoi, San, Nama and Sign Language.

 
     
 

The event marked another milestone in the promotion of multilingualism in South Africa and placed the limelight on those who have been recognised by their peers as deserving recipients of this prestigious award. The winners in each of the eight categories are as follows:

MUSIC: Simphiwe Dana

MEDIA:
Television category - Motswako
Print Category - Bona Magazine
The Thetha Masombuka Award - Mr  Peter Mahlangu

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE:
Setswana – Mr Mokgathle David Mothoagae
isiXhosa – Mr Mhlobo Jadezweni
isiNdebele – Dr Philemon Buti Skhosana
Tshivenda – Mr Tendadzimu Ratshitanga
Sepedi – Mr David Maahlamela
Xitsonga – Mr  Freddy Rikhotso
isiZulu – Mr William Ndabayakhe Zulu & Ms Gcina Mhlophe
Afrikaans – Ms Marlene Van Niekerk
siSwati – Dr Mafika Lubisi
Sign Language – Sign Language Education & Development
Khoi, Nama and San – X FM Community Radio Station

TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS CATEGORY: Translate.org

PUBLIC SECTOR CATEGORY: Statistics South Africa

EDUCATION CATEGORY: University of Cape Town

INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION CATEGORY: Prof Anne Marie Beukes & Prof Marne Pienaar

CHAIRPERSON’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Mr. Pixley ka Isaka Seme

Commenting on the awards, PanSalb’s Acting CEO, Chris Swepu acknowledged the successes of the winners and applauded them for carrying the multinlingualism flag high.

“This year’s winners, as in previous years, have demonstrated excellence in ensuring that their respective languages are given prominence within South Africa’s language landscape. Our winners continue to make a difference within their respective spheres of influence.

“As with any judging process, this one was not easy. All the nominees were indeed deserving recipients and we acknowledge them too for their efforts and their insight. We congratulate them for being recognised as leaders and for paving a path for all others to follow,” said Swepu.

The event was punctuated with an eclectic mix of festivities to celebrate the vibrancy of South Africa’s cultural landscape. Entertainment was provided by Theo Kgosinkwe, Big Nuzz, Judith Sephuma, Afro Tenors, Lebo Mashile, amongst others.

PanSALB was established to promote the equal use of the 11 official South African languages, and to help develop all our indigenous languages. It actively promotes multilingualism as a national resource and vehicle for national development. PanSALB also encourages the best use of the country's linguistic resources, so that South Africans can be free from all forms of linguistic discrimination, domination and division and can make the linguistic choices that suit them best.