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Lekgetlo La Pele CUT e Keteka Letsatsi la Matjhaba la Phetolelo



Lekgetlo La Pele CUT e Keteka Letsatsi la Matjhaba la Phetolelo

Lekgetlo La Pele CUT e Keteka Letsatsi la Matjhaba la Phetolelo. In a celebration of linguistic diversity and cultural heritage, Central University of Technology (CUT) recently marked Indigenous Language Day, a milestone event recurring annually with increasing significance. This year, the university’s campus in Bloemfontein bore witness to a vibrant array of activities aimed at fostering appreciation for the rich tapestry of languages and traditions.

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Honoring Linguistic Diversity

On the 29th of October 2023, CUT hosted its Indigenous Language Day festival, themed “Language as a Gateway to Cultural Understanding.” The festivities underscored the importance of preserving and promoting indigenous languages in confronting societal challenges and advancing cultural enrichment. The university’s language policy encompasses Afrikaans, English, and Sesotho, reflecting its commitment to linguistic inclusivity and the promotion of multilingualism as a cornerstone of South Africa’s cultural landscape.

A Call to Action

Tseliso Masolane, Director of Language Services at the Department of Education, emphasized the pivotal role of Indigenous Language Day in not only preserving linguistic heritage but also in catalyzing socio-economic development. Masolane urged stakeholders to harness the power of indigenous languages as a catalyst for progress and inclusivity, emphasizing that linguistic diversity is a valuable national asset that must be nurtured and celebrated.

“In utilizing our indigenous languages, we empower ourselves and pave the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future,” remarked Masolane.

Acknowledgments and Collaborations

The success of Indigenous Language Day was made possible through collaborative efforts with Language Services, Thutong Heritage Society, and the Department of Arts and Culture. Their dedication and support ensured a memorable celebration that resonated with participants and underscored the enduring importance of linguistic and cultural preservation.


Indigenous Language Day serves as a poignant reminder that language is more than just a means of communication; it is a repository of culture, identity, and collective memory. By embracing linguistic diversity and promoting language preservation efforts, we not only honor our past but also lay the groundwork for a more inclusive and culturally vibrant society.

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