University to fund promotion of Xhosa as an academic language

JUNE 1, 2015

Stellenbosch University on Sunday announced that it would create a fund to assist in the development of Xhosa as an academic language, as well as to encourage academic works in Afrikaans.

"A key component of the University’s language policy is that the institution accepts responsibility for the promotion of Xhosa as an academic language and language of social interaction judiciously," said Rector and Vice-Chancellor Wim de Villiers in a statement.

"The fund will help realise this in a practical way."

The fund of R150 000 would be awarded each year for work that is done to develop Xhosa usage in academia.

"The full criteria will be determined over the course of the next few months."

Stellenbosch University also said that it would make a contribution of similar value towards a prize recognising academic work conducted and published in Afrikaans.

"Today, a scant amount of research is being published via [the] medium [of] Afrikaans," said De Villiers.

"Against the backdrop of a great number of prizes and awards for research in English, the prize is an initiative and incentive that should be welcomed," he said.

The prize has been initiated by the Het Jan Marais Nationale Fonds. 

Naspers will also contribute to the funding of it.