South Africa: Use of Official Language Act Implementation Lagging Behind | Metaglossia: The Translation World |

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, needs to explain why no government departments, public enterprises or entities have finalised their language policies and established language units as required by the Use of Official Language Act of 2012. This information was revealed in recent reply to a DA parliamentary question.

The Use of Official Language Act was promulgated in October 2012 making it compulsory for all national departments, public enterprises and entities to make use of at least three official languages for public communication purposes. In terms of the Act, the Minister of Arts and Culture is responsible for monitoring and driving its implementation.

It is concerning that 13 months later, no real preparations are being made for its implementation. This Act could lead to improved communication between government and its citizens, and better service delivery. It also has the potential to address South Africa's unfortunate legacy of linguistic marginalisation.