International Mother Tongue Day

Cape Town - 190106 - The Human Rights Association for Victims of Coercive Conversion Programs (HAC) hosted a special memorial service at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town to commemorate the death of Ms Ji-in Gu, a victim of coercive conversion. Picture: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA)

Iziko Museums of South Africa will celebrate International Mother Tongue Day on Saturday February 23 with a public discussion at the Iziko South African Museum, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, from 10am to 1pm.

Language activists, writers, poets, language practitioners and cultural activists will talk on the day about the role of indigenous knowledge and languages in contemporary South Africa.

The panel of speakers include Denver Breda from the Munainai Khoi Language Project; Dr Sebolelo Mokapele, a senior lecturer in linguistics at the University of the Western Cape; Nompumelelo Radebe from the Western Cape Government Language Services; Deon Xhamela Nebulane of Ubuntu Bridge; and Karel King and Timo !Ngonnemaoa of the !AL-OM Aboriginal Customary Council Taal Projek Stellenbosch.

Entry is free. Contact Xola Mlwandle on 021 481 38952 or email for more information.