Top academics appointed to PanSALB board

11 Apr 2014 - 15:45

Associate Professor Abner Nyamende (pictured left) will serve on the PanSALB Board

Associate Professor Abner Nyamende and Dr Zukile Jama have been appointed to serve as members of the Pan South African Language Board.  Professor Nyamende currently heads the African Languages section of the UCT School of Languages and Literatures and Dr Jama is the Xhosa Communication for Health Sciences Lecturer in the MBChB and Rehabilitation Sciences programmes.

The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) works to promote multilinguism and respect for all the indigenous languages used in South Africa. PanSALB works with the Department of Arts and Culture on a national policy for language use in higher education institutions.

Both positions are for a five-year term, effective from April 2014. Commenting on the appointments Professor Yasin Dutton (Head, UCT School of Languages and Literatures) said that it was a great honour for both academics and for the university of Cape Town. “This is particularly important for us, as PanSALB has a remit to advance multilingualism and develop the previously marginalised official languages, which is of course very much part of the University’s general policies and also SLL’s specific practice” said Dutton.