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On the 20th of August I had the privilege of attending a virtual seminar that was hosted by Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB).
As a language researcher specializing in one of South Africa’s indigenous languages, isiXhosa, I knew and understood the benefits of such a webinar. The webinar was focused at encouraging and motivating women to continue to write stories in their mother tongue. It is not secret that the use of our indigenous languages is one that is very limited in South Africa. Therefore, a webinar of this calibre not only promotes the importance of writing, but it also promoted the use of our indigenous South African languages.
The opening remarks were by Mrs Preetha Dabideen who is the Deputy Chairperson of the Pan South African Language Board. She took us through the work PanSALB is doing and the importance a webinar of this nature has in enriching women, not just in writing but in general, and how PanSALB aims to continue motivating and supporting women through their different projects and initiatives.
The literary history of isiNdebele
The blog trace back to the history of the first few written work in isiNdebele, it also shows the years in which isiNdebele was firstly introduced in schools as the language of teaching and learning in the area that was formerly known as KwaNdebele. This history was written by the late Dr. P.B Skhosana in 2003 in the journal article titled “The literary history of isiNdebele.”