Bhisho meets communities on Eastern Cape Official Languages Bill, 2015

AUGUST 29, 2016

The Portfolio Committee on Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture is embarking on Public Hearings across the Province to engage communities & relevant stakeholders on the Eastern Cape Use of Official Languages Bill, 2015.

The Bill seeks to give effect to the Constitutional imperatives that provide that provincial government must regulate and monitor the use of official languages by legislative and other means.  

Objectives of the Bill are:

  • To provide for the establishment and functions of a Provincial Language Unit
  • To provide for the establishment & functions of language units by provincial departments, provincial public entities and provincial government business enterprises; and
  • To require their adoption of a language policy.

The Committee will visit the following areas:

 Group 1: Alfred Nzo

DATE

TOWN

VENUE

TIME

30 August 2016

Matatiele

Matatiele Town Hall

10h00

31 August 2016

Maxesibeni (Mt Ayliff)

Alfred Nzo

Group 2: Port Elizabeth

30 August 2016

Uitenhage

Basie Madlakane Hall

10h00

31 August 2016

Port Elizabeth

Nangoza Jebe Hall

Group 3: Joe Gqabi

30 August 2016

Sterkspruit

Bhunga Hall

10h00

31 August 2016

Burgersdorp

Rugby Hall

Group 4: Buffalo City

30 August 2016

East London

Cambridge Hall

10h00

31 August 2016

King William’s Town

Shornvielle Hal

Group 5: Cacadu

30 August 2016

Graafreinet

Graafreinet Town Hall

10h00

31 August 2016

Humansdorp

Club House

Group 6: Chris Hani

30 August 2016

Cofimvaba

Cofimvaba Town Hall

10h00

31 August 2016

Queenstown

Indoor Sport Centre

Group 7: OR Tambo

30 August 2016

Qumbu / Tsolo

Tsolo Town Hall

10h00

31 August 2016

Mthatha

Mthatha Town Hall

Group 8: Amathole

30 August 2016

Idutywa

Idutywa Town Hall

10h00

31 August 2016

Alice

Alice Town Hall

 

Members of the public are urged to comment on the Bill as it will affect them once it is passed into law. Copies of the Bill may be obtained at www.ecleg.gov.za or from Mr N. Klaasen (Committee Coordinator for the Portfolio Committee on Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture) at [email protected] or Ms Z. Qambata at [email protected] .

Verbal or written comments on the Bill may be submitted to Members of the Portfolio Committee who will be visiting various areas in the province to conduct public hearings.   

File image - courtesy of www.dabhisho.org.za