Item 891 - President Mandela's response to an open letter from the Pan South African Language Board

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President Mandela's response to an open letter from the Pan South African Language Board


  • 1997-06-12 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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South African Government Information Website

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Response to an open letter from PANSALB

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Master of Ceremonies,
President Mandela has received and noted the contents of the letter from the Pan South African Language Board regarding their concern at what they perceive as a tendency towards monolingualism in government.

The President appreciates the robust and prompt manner in which PANSALB has taken up an issue which is amongst the most critical in the process of social transformation and nation-building. He believes that PANSALB has raised the issue in this manner in order to encourage public debate rather than to call into question the government's commitment to citizens' access to information and the express policy of respecting and developing particularly the country's official languages.

The letter from PANSALB has been referred to the Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and they have been requested to establish the facts and advise government on the most appropriate course of action, if any is required.

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Acquisition method: From website ; Source: South African Government Information Website. Accessioned on 21/12/06 by Helen Joannides




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