oa Africa Insight - Namibia's new language policy

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Namibia became independent on 21 March 1990 and everyone expects that the new government will introduce various changes in the administration of the country. One of the reforms that will be introduced is a new official language, English. In its election manifesto Swapo stated that it would also accord ""equal status and respect to all locally spoken languages."" In this article some of the implications of this new language policy are analysed and particular attention will be given to the future of Afrikaans in Namibia.

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