PanSALB to host Gauteng Language Indaba

The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) cordially invites members of the media to a one- day Language Indaba to be held on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus in Soweto. 

This is a third in a series of Indabas to take place in all the nine provinces in the country.  So far we had the North West and Free State Indabas.  The purpose of the Language Indabas is to conduct state of readiness of the country to comply with the Use of Official Language Act of 2012.

The Act was promulgated in October 2012 and makes it compulsory for all national departments, public entities and enterprises to at least use three languages to effectively communicate with the general public. 

Provincial governments are expected to follow suite in promulgating their own Acts to guide them when it comes to provincial language matters.

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Gauteng portfolio committee on Arts and Culture, Department of Education, National House of Traditional Leaders and many institutions are expected to form part of the Indaba.