In 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages and envisaged that actions taken during this year will generate increased interest in and enhancement of indigenous languages and their speakers. This topic is of particular importance in South Africa, where language is deeply connected to heritage and identity. The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) has played a key role in the promotion and preservation of languages in South Africa, including providing bursaries for students pursuing language studies. Watch the Indigenous Languages Conference 2019: Preserving South Africa’s indigenous languages below:
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