Reminiscing on a rural Christmas – An opinion piece

Finally! The most anticipated time of year, the Festive Season. I’m certain that we’re looking forward to spending time with family and friends. To some, Christmas Day is the most important part of the holidays. Let us not forget the 1st of January, which is equally important, and how the 16th of December which has proven to…

DISRUPTION – Marketing that breaks through the crowd

Marketing in the 21st century is akin to playing the classic windows game Minesweeper. We need to create messages that differentiate us from competition and keeps our brand in the top of the consumer’s mind. The problem is that, with so many marketing campaigns and developments, everything looks the same. In the age when media impressions…

Striving for a Heritage of Positive Change

Heritage Day has always been a difficult holiday to quantify in South Africa. With so many exquisite cultures and traditions it’s hard to differentiate a universal national identity. We want to show off our own heritage. We want to celebrate our ancestry. We want to be proud South Africans. The question is how do we…

Mandarin in SA schools: The reason and possible results

Earlier this year, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) announced the introduction of Mandarin Chinese into South African schools. According to the DBE, Mandarin will be introduced into schools from next year, 2016, and will be an elective second language[1]. The introduction of Mandarin is a direct result of the Basic Implementation Plan (BIP), signed in…

Developing Our Official South African Languages

The recent publication of the ‘Use of Official Languages Act’ – https://www.blc.co.za/exploring-use-official-languages-act-south-africa –  is set to make sure official South African languages (other than English and Afrikaans) are used on a much wider scale – first in the government and private sectors and later with initiatives to introduce official South African languages into education, business and daily…