Marizka Coetzer
3 minute read
13 Mar 2021
5:55 am

English’s dominance seen as marginalising other languages – expert

Marizka Coetzer

Professor Hannes Rautenbach says complex subjects such as maths and science are a language on their own and are easier to understand in your mother tongue.

The Akademia Afrikaans University in Centurion, 11 March 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Why would a young man from Aliwal North move more than 1 000km away from home to study in Pretoria? Because there he can study for a degree in his home language, AfrikaansGerhard Labuschagne is a young, coloured man who has left his family behind in the Eastern Cape to follow his dream of becoming a journalist by studying journalism in Tshwane. “My household is Afrikaans, my whole family is Afrikaans, I went to an Afrikaans school,” Labuschagne said. “Basically everything I know, I learned in Afrikaans.” Labuschagne said he decided on a communications and journalism degree because he likes...