The introduction of isiZulu at the UKZN will further enhance the language for people from other parts of the world. (SABC)
The Executive Director of Umsamo Institute Dr Velaphi Ka Luphuzi 'V.V.O' Mkhize has applauded the introduction of IsiZulu as one of the modules to be taken by all students attending at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Mkhize says this will not only advance the culture and IsiZulu language in the country but will further enhance the language for people from other parts of the world.
Mkhize delivered the annual John Langalibalele Dube lecture in IsiZulu at Edgewood campus in Pinetown, west of Durban. The lecture was translated into other languages - for the first time ever in the history of the university which spans a period of 103 years.
Mkhize says he hopes writers will use this opportunity to express themselves by writing books. “I am very much excited - I am very much happy about this drastic move which has been taken by the UKZN and it makes us proud - not necessarily we as the Zulu-speaking people - but all of us as Africans...understood by other foreigners,” he says.
Meanwhile the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the UKZN Cheryl Potgieter says their intention of taking such a bold step was to make the language accessible to everyone.
“It's entrenching our policies to make language accessible and our public lectures accessible and to help people engage in the language that the majority of people speak in this province....to converse in the language” says Potgieter.