UCT launches Khoekhoegowab course, plans to make it fourth language option

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Starting this month, you can learn the indigenous Khoisan language Khoekhoegowab at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Professor Mbulungeni Madiba, co-ordinator of UCT’s Multilingualism Education Project at the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), said the first course runs from May to August.

Extra-mural studies director Medee Rall said the bigger plan was for Khoekhoegowab to become a fourth language at UCT.

The announcement was made at CHED’s Africa Day celebration on May 21 which also marked the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Madiba said MEP’s introduction of short courses in isiXhosa, and latterly Afrikaans, has taken off among the UCT community of staff and students.