English Empowers Essay

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DECLARATION Name and student number: ………………………………. Assignment topic: ‘English Empowers’………………………………………….. I declare that this assignment is my own original work. Where secondary material has been used (either from a printed source or from the internet), this has been carefully acknowledged and referenced in accordance with departmental requirements. I understand what plagiarism is and am aware of the department’s policy in this regard. I have not allowed anyone else to borrow or copy my work. Signature: …………………………………………………….. Assignment 03 ‘English Empowers’ The English language bursts with fresh opportunity and an automatic push into self-empowerment for a nation or individual. As South Africa is coming out of the unenlightened era of apartheid English is a positive a step into the future for the country as well as for South Africans. It acts as a means to communicate internationally and nationally hereby broadening the horizons of the country and the economy to a desirable level. The Constitution and language policy in South Africa acknowledges the importance of ethnicity by elevating nine African languages (isiNdebele, SeSotho sa Leboa, SeSotho, siSwati, Xitsonga, Setswana, Tshivenda, isiXhosa and isiZulu) including English and Afrikaans, which equal eleven official languages in total. Which makes South Africa a multilingual country. “Multilingualism is a dynamic process, which empowers the speakers of different languages to convey messages in a language or languages of their own choice, as well as displaying sensitivity for the need of different communities to express themselves in their own vernacular”. “The main South African languages are deeply embedded in the political history of the country. Colonialism and apartheid meant that all languages have acquired social political meanings. Bantu languages, as well as

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