FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 JULY 2022, PRETORIA
PanSALB APPRAISES ALL INTERESTED PARTIES TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON THE GAZETTED CONSTITUTION EIGHTEENTH AMENDMENT BILL TO AMEND SECTION 6 OF THE CONSTITUTION
The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) hereby appraises all members of the public of published notice for public comment by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to submit their comments on the recently gazetted Eighteenth Constitutional Amendment Bill to adopt South African Sign Language (SASL) as an official language in the country.
The proposed bill amendment of Section 6 of the Constitution and the National Official Languages was gazetted on 19 July 2022 by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development for public comments to recognise South African Sign Language as the 12th official language of South Africa. The comments on the proposed amendment to section 6 of the Constitution must be submitted not later than 30 working days after the date of publication.
“The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) seeks to alert all interested parties, particularly the Deaf community, to use this opportunity to make submissions to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on the bill to include South African Sign Language as an official language in the country” said PanSALB CEO, Mr Lance Schultz.
“This is a noteworthy milestone towards creating conditions for the development of South African Sign Language and ensuring access to quality information, education and therefore prosper the native speakers of the language” concluded Schultz.