ENGLISH: Whose twang is it anyway?


Black South African youth – the select few who went to former model c and private schools – stand between a rock and a very hard place. Many of us, either in school or as soon as we enter the working world, discover that we are never going to be viewed through the same lens as…

Self-hatred stifles


When I was in primary school in Pretoria I discovered that there was something wrong with being a Muvenda. I think it was when I was in Grade 1 when I first heard the words “you don’t look Venda”. I was confused by it but then the boy who said it to me pointed at…

We MUST learn vernac


There is no need to learn vernacular languages in Higher Institutes of learning They say. English will get you further because it is the language used in business and other formal platforms They remark. What businesses are these and what formal platforms do they speak of? They have shown great disdain for the University of…