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Om ou koeie uit die sloot te grawe: is daar lesse te leer uit die verlede? — Enkele kantaantekeninge

W. A.M. Carstens
Literator | Vol 15, No 2 | a661 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v15i2.661 | © 1994 W. A.M. Carstens | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 May 1994 | Published: 02 May 1994

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W. A.M. Carstens, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Abstract

This article focuses on views expressed in newspaper articles and in letters to the editor about the future of Afrikaans in a new political dispensation. It seems as if people do not believe that despite the constitutional assurances of November 1993 - Afrikaans will be able to maintain its present status as one of the official languages of South Africa as the mistakes of the past are constantly being thrown into its face. There have been signs in the business community (for example by Toyota, Coca-Cola, BMW, SA Breweries) and in the political arena that English, rather than Afrikaans, is the favoured language. The views expressed in the articles and letters indicate that the Afrikaans community will not accept this attitude and that a new struggle for language rights (especially those of Afrikaans in the light of the history of Afrikaans) could be the result. This struggle could according to one letter writer - have serious consequences for peace in the country after the assumption of power by a new government will come to power after April 27 1994.

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