Uit die argief, US-taaldebat: The Open Stellenbosch Seminar

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Hierdie artikel is oorspronklik in 2015 gepubliseer en is op 9 September 2015 vir oulaas bygewerk.

This is an ongoing seminar, with new essays continually being added. Please scroll down to see all the contributions.

The Open Stellenbosch Seminar is an ongoing seminar on Open Stellenbosch, transformation, language and the constitution, and contributions (in any language) are most welcome: naomimeyer@litnet.co.za

I-“Open Stellenbosch Seminar” yiseminar eqhubekayo engayekiyo ethetha ngokuvulwa kweyunivesithi yaseStellenbosch, inguqulo, ulwimi nomgaqo-siseko. Naliphi na igalelo (nakoluphi na ulwimi) lamkelekile: naomimeyer@litnet.co.za

Die Open Stellenbosch Seminar is 'n voortgaande seminaar oor die Open Stellenbosch-diskoers, transformasie, taal en die grondwet. Bydraes (in enige taal) is hartlik welkom: naomimeyer@litnet.co.za


#feesmustfall kan bydra tot ’n beter Suid-Afrika

Jean Oosthuizen, Piet Croucamp

"Suid-Afrika is vandag beter af as ’n maand gelede, danksy die woede en angs van die swart middelklas."


#feesmustfall: Betogersgids 101

Izak de Vries

"Julle kán universiteite onherroeplik, en ten goede, verander as julle slim dink. Ek het nie die antwoorde nie. Gaan vind die antwoorde."




Open Stellenbosch: "Why did God make me black?"

Danny Titus
"The Use of Official Languages Act 12 of 2012 [...] in short requires of government departments and other authorities such as public enterprises to develop a language policy that will include at least three official languages. Out of the 139 language policies that the Act requires from government departments and related institutions only about 30 were presented. Let them therefore not preach to universities about language when in their own backyard very little is done."


Uit die LitNet-argief: Die oorlewing van die nie-dominante tale van Suid-Afrika (7 April 2001)

Neville Alexander
"Die behoud van Afrikaans en van ander Suid-Afrikaanse tale is ’n belangrike faktor in die globale magstryd tussen diegene wat die (Engels-georiënteerde) oorheersing van die 'Noorde' teenoor diesulkes wat eerder ’n meer eweredige verspreiding van mag tussen Noord en Suid wil sien. Hierdie konflik hou verband met die veel dieper vraag van die oorlewing van die mens op aarde."


Open Stellenbosch: Beyond the rainbow, towards a climate of change

Mike van Graan
"Constitutions are about the 'promised land'; ours is certainly not a magic wand that has wiped out our history and made us all equal. To achieve this 'promised land' we need to be pragmatic, generous and human in our approaches to move from where we are, from what we have inherited, to what we would collectively like to be." 

Video: Heritage and Belonging – a discussion on multilingualism 

Open Stellenbosch held a discussion on multilingualism after a screening of the documentary Afrikaaps.
Guest speaker: Fernando Rosa


Open Stellenbosch: Fresh and innovative ideas are sorely needed

Marinus Wiechers
"Finally, there is only one viable and long-term solution, namely the creation of a fully fledged English academy and a fully fledged Afrikaans academy on the same campus, with the ideal of having, one day, also a fully fledged Xhosa or Zulu academy."  

Abafundi abathetha iAfrikaans bangaziva njani ukuba bona bangafundiswa mhlawumbi ngesiXhosa? | How would Afrikaans-speaking students feel if they were taught in the medium of Xhosa?

Tessa Dowling, Precious Bikitsha
"Mhlawumbi uyazibuza ukuba singayenza njani na le nto yokuphuhlisa iilwimi zesiNtu ukuze zibe kumgangatho ofanayo neAfrikaans?" | "Perhaps you are asking yourselves what we could do to improve African languages so that they reach the same level as Afrikaans?"

Bruin identiteit en Afrikaans

Jason Lloyd
"Die tyd het aangebreek dat bruines moet opstaan vir hul taal Afrikaans. Nie om Stellenbosch wit te hou nie, maar om dit te transformeer tot voordeel van alle Afrikaanssprekendes."

Open South Africa for local languages

Hans Pienaar
""I am all for transformation. Which is why I believe Stellenbosch University should remain Afrikaans."


Multiculturalism does not mean everybody speaks English
Johannes Bertus de Villiers
"Imagine if centres and schools were started at the university to actively boost research, tuition and translation services in Xhosa so that students from Khayelitsha and the Transkei were no longer stuck with the choice of studying in either their second or their third language. Imagine if lecturers engaged one another in their respective first languages and broadened one another’s horizons?"    


My thoughts on complexity and the intersectionality of change at Stellenbosch University
Lovelyn Chidinma Nwadeyi

"Am I against learning Afrikaans? No. Am I against white people? No. Am I against forcing others to learn IN Afrikaans? Yes."


Frederik van Dyk

Open Stellenbosch: Statement by Adam Tas Students’ Society | Verklaring deur die Adam Tas Studentevereniging

Frederik van Dyk
"… we believe that tuition in a language of choice is central to a dignified and well-deserved tertiary education. Students should not be compelled to be taught in a language they do not fully understand or do not know at all. However, by simply introducing English as the only language of instruction, the academic development of Afrikaans and isiXhosa is jeopardized. It is regressive and shameful to transformative constitutionalism if a previously neglected language such as isiXhosa loses its developmental status at SU, along with Afrikaans …" annemariebeukes_650

Persverklaring: Geen ruimte vir samboktaktiek in taaldebakel
Die Afrikaanse Taalraad

"Opsies moet oorweeg word waar plooibare veeltaligheid in onderwysinstellings bedink en uitgevoer moet word."


Open Stellenbosch – A Luta Continua?
Bettina Wyngaard

"Die probleem op Stellenbosch is immers nie Afrikaans nie. Die probleem is hoedat die taal gebruik word om uit te sluit en laer te trek."


Afrikaans-in-dialogue, rather than Protection-of-Afrikaans
Bibi Burger

"The only way forward for Afrikaans is for its proponents to stop privileging it above other indigenous South African languages and actively and practically support the development of all South African languages."


Open Stellenbosch: “Yeah but you said it” – revisited
Heleen Hofmeyr

"Open Stellenbosch: You need to jump off this taaldebat train, because it’s clear your demands for transformation go so much further than language – and rightly so."


Open Stellenbosch and the language debate
Danie van Wyk

"Those students, the majority of whom are coloured/black Afrikaans mother-tongue speakers, have a right to be taught in the language of their choice – Afrikaans. The abandonment of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at universities will have an effect on the entire Afrikaans community in South Africa."


It is time to listen to the youth
Michael le Cordeur

"Language is an emotional matter. The language issue is at the core of the education crisis in our country, because language is the key to conceptualisation, comprehension and learning."


Stellenbosch and the cypher
Adrian "Dif" van Wyk

"Afrikaans has never been the enemy; the use of the language to exclude people from conversation is the problem. Not the language!"


Open Stellenbosch and the importance of mother tongue education
Kamal Kweku Yakubu

"How do you get someone out of the township? The answer to this question of transformation is simple: educate them in their own language!"


Is eentaligheid die norm?
Karien Brits

"Hoekom is dit dan dat die meeste universiteite in Suid-Afrika dan net Engels as onderrigmedium gebruik? Waar is ons ander tale? Watter waarde heg ons aan ons tale – of hou ons nog vas aan die mite dat eentaligheid die norm is?"

Kan ons meertaligheid bekostig? (1) Taal en onderwys
Karien Brits

"Ek wil nie taal en meertaligheid die towerstaffies maak wat al Suid-Afrika se probleme gaan regtoor nie. Tog glo ek ons moet nie die waarde van tale en meertaligheid onderskat nie – veral nie as dit by volhoubare ontwikkeling kom nie."



Open Stellenbosch: The elephant in the room
Leon Wessels

"Come, let us create space for Afrikaans as well as the other indigenous languages – English is a world language, it is the greatest common factor among us and will remain standing without special assistance."


Open Stellenbosch: Academic imperialism at Stellenbosch and in higher education
Tumi Senokoane

"[L]anguage is more than just a means of communication; it influences our culture and even our thought processes."


Afrikaans - an African language
Ernst Kotzé

"From a diachronic viewpoint, Afrikaans has its roots in 17th-century Dutch, and has grown in African soil over a period of 360 years into a new language, distinct from other Western and Northern Germanic languages on all levels of linguistic description (morphological, phonological, syntactic and semantic), with the result that it has developed into an African language, a fact which is also reflected in its name."


Photos and video: Open Stellenbosch's protest march
Naomi Bruwer


Watch the #luister video


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  • Philip Fourie

    Letter to a young black person
    Panashe Chigumadzi has written an excellent article (“The Times”, Feb.12), describing how angry a young black woman feels in 2016. I think I can understand and agree with most of what she says. I just don’t know how we get from where we are to where we want to be – a unified nation working towards a better life for all South Africans. One way would be that followed by the French in their revolution in the 18th century – burn down everything and start with a clean slate. For me, towards the end of my life, that would not matter much, but for her it would mean sacrificing many of the material comforts and opportunities she and her contemporaries enjoy. But I am sure that there are many idealistic young people like herself who would devote many years of their lives to selfless service to the country to get to the ideal society we all want.
    An alternative would be to admit that the ANC government has failed the youth in many respects (especially regarding education) and become active and vociferous members holding their leaders to account – not through the ANCYL, but at branch level. (Let me add that it is not only the ANC I blame for our present situation: I blame FW de Klerk for not grasping the hand of friendship extended to him and his supporters by Nelson Mandela, but instead leaving the GNU (Government of National Unity) in 1995.). A third alternative would be to start another political party run by young people like herself, but that would again mean the sacrifice of many years of education or entrepreneurial progress. I would like to hear what alternative she would choose, or how she sees her future.

  • Philip Fourie

    Krisis? Watter krisis?
    Tussen al die woede en woorde aangaande universiteite is dit seker verstaanbaar dat niks gesê word oor die verband tussen sekondêre en tersiêre onderwys nie. Daar is ’n baie groter krisis in sekondêre onderwys, maar ek veronderstel dat dit so lank al met ons is dat ons moed opgegee het om enigiets daaromtrent te doen. Dit dien geen doel om weer statistieke aan te haal oor die wiskundekennis van Suid-Afrikaanse leerders vergeleke met die res van die wêreld nie. Wat maak dit saak of Suid-Afrika in 140ste of 150ste posisie is? Niemand gee blykbaar meer daaroor om nie.
    Die resultaat hiervan is dat leerders wat die sekondêre onderwysstelsel verlaat met ’n nuttelose matrieksertifikaat almal universiteit toe wil gaan met die hoop om ’n kwalifikasie te verwerf waarmee hulle werk kan kry. Dit verskuif die las na die universiteite, wat oorbruggingskursusse moet instel in Engels en Wiskunde om die studente tot ’n peil te bring waar hulle ’n kans het om ’n driejaargraad te verwerf, al is dit na vier of vyf jaar.
    Baie van die studente word op universiteit vir die eerste keer blootgestel aan ’n omgewing waar hulle gereeld en onafhanklik moet studeer. Dis bloot spekulasie van my kant, maar ek sal nie verbaas wees as baie van hulle gefrustreerd raak en begin protesteer oor taal- en politieke kwessies nie. Sommige van hierdie griewe is ongetwyfeld geldig, maar is beslis nie die enigste bron van ontevredenheid nie.
    Wat nou? Met ministers Motshekga, Nzimande en President Zuma in beheer van opvoeding, en SADTU een van die grootste oorsake van die probleme, kan ek slegs sê “Mag die hemele ons behoed”, want ons kan blykbaar self niks meer doen nie.
    P Fourie

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