DEBATE HEATS UP OVER AFRIKAANS English Language Is like 'Monster Trucks', Maties Alumni Told

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DEBATE HEATS UP OVER AFRIKAANS English Language Is like 'Monster Trucks', Maties Alumni Told


BYLINE: STAFF WRITER

"ENGLISH is, indeed, like the monster trucks on the road: a useful and necessary vehicle - but dangerous if it is out of control."

These were the words of the University of Stellenbosch's convocation president, Pieter Kapp, at the annual meeting of Stellenbosch University alumni last night as reported in a speech provided by the "Afrikaans by Maties" website.

Kapp had been comparing the English language to "giant monster (cargo trucks) that caused road deaths to skyrocket".

He used the platform to slam the changes to the university's language policy.

"Stellenbosch should not become a multilingual university that promotes Afrikaans, but should remain an Afrikaans university that promotes multilingualism."

The Cape Times earlier this year reported Stellenbosch University's vice-rector for teaching, Magda Fourie, had said the faculty of arts and social sciences would introduce parallel medium instruction for first years in 2011.

The university council had also decided some faculties would offer next year's first-year students the chance to attend lectures in either language.These faculties include the economic and management sciences, science, agrisciences, and engineering.

But Kapp said last night, as reported by the "Afrikaans by Maties" website: "The branches of the beautiful Afrikaans oak tree that has grown at Stellenbosch and that has offered generations the refreshment of its shade in the summer heat and the caress of the nurturing sun through its bare winter branches, are being cut back unrecognisably with a chain saw. …

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