n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Afrikaans 2000 : Nuwe suksesverhale en terugslae

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The year 2000 has been characterised by an increase in language activities in various spheres. On the negative side, the Minister of Justice launched a campaign to make English the only language of record in the courts. An exceptionally serious case of language discrimination was also revealed : the semi-government corporation Spoornet discharged one of its employees, Mr Lukas Rautenbach, because of his use of Afrikaans. Mr Rautenbach later died in tragic circumstances in his new employment circle. On the positive side, there is growing enthusiasm in certain sectors of the Afrikaans-speaking language community to promote the use of Afrikaans in all spheres of life. New organizations have been established, and noteworthy success stories are the Afrikaans television channel kykNET and cyber space LitNet.

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