oa Alternation - The Relevance of Xitsonga oral tradition

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



There are three problems which I address in this article. The first concern is that often voiced by the elderly within African culture, namely that they observe the uncultured rules of morals, bad manners, lack of accepted etiquette and lack of respect among youths. The second concern is more general. The indigenous South African languages and their traditions have not received adequate attention in education, research and study. This is especially true in schools. The third concern relates to the fact that publishers do not publish indigenous cultural materials. All three these elements hang together, causing the marginalisation of African indigenous culture in South Africa.

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