Afrikaans Language

Afrikaans (UK: , US: ) is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia and, to a lesser extent, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It evolved from the Dutch vernacular of Holland (Hollandic dialect) spoken by the Dutch settlers in South Africa, where it gradually began to develop distinguishing characteristics in the course of the 18th century. Hence, it is a daughter language of Dutch, and the youngest of the Germanic languages as well as one of the youngest languages in general. Although Afrikaans has adopted words from other languages, including German and the Khoisan languages, an estimated 90 to …

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Economics, Governance and Instability in South Africa

ISS · 1 June 2016 English

This paper analyzes the economic and social underpinnings of rising political instability in South Africa such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. The analysis in this document indicates that the types …

against local government, the enforcement of Afrikaans language policy, trade-union activism and the politicising


SA Reconciliation Barometer Report 2010

IJR · 1 January 2010 English

Section II analyses survey results related to human security, and finds that despite moderate recent improvements in perceptions of physical security, positive evaluations of economic security have declined between 2009 …

way identify themselves as mother-tongue Afrikaans language-speakers, with the second highest percentage


Human Rights in Foreign Policy and Practice: The South African Case Considered

SAIIA · 1 November 2009 English

This paper opens with a look at the questions posed by Peter Baehr, an authority on the relationship between human rights and foreign policy, such as whether countries should attempt …

Titus is executive director of culture at the Afrikaans Language and Cultural Association and part-time


Election Update South Africa 2009 No 1

EISA · 1 January 2009 English

The update provides relevant information around the electoral process and in that way promotes political dialogue among key actors, including civil society organisations, political parties, the election management body and …

other major newspaper in the province is the Afrikaans language daily Die Burgher. The other active component


Designing Democratic Government Making Institutions Work

RSF · 1 September 2008 English

What are the essential elements of a democracy? How can nations ensure a political voice for all citizens, and design a government that will respond to those varied voices? These …

tors in France or Holland or Germany) and (Afrikaans language)}. In the 1960s, the need to build a larger


Apartheid Grand Corruption Assessing the Scale of Crimes of Profit from 1976 …

ISS · 1 May 2006 English

This report attempts to document and describe instances of corruption that we know took place during apartheid and in particular, during the period 1976–1994. Through documented evidence and testimonies of …

(and later, South, the Weekly Mail and the Afrikaans language weekly, Vrye Weekblad), which courageously


Overcoming Apartheid Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation?

RSF · 1 March 2006 English

Winner of the 2004 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association Perhaps no country in history has so directly and thoroughly …

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Understanding Press Coverage of Cross-Border Migration in Southern Africa Since 2000

Southern African Migration Programme · 1 January 2005 English

Xenophobia is a distinctive and widespread phenomenon in South and Southern Africa. The print media, in particular, has been accused of exacerbating xenophobic attitudes. This paper discusses press coverage of …

of the research, the editor of the large, Afrikaans-language newspaper Beeld was interviewed. Interestingly


Unholy Alliance? Assessing the Links between Organised Criminals and Terrorists in Southern …

ISS · 1 October 2004 English

This paper explores whether similar links can be substantiated in Southern Africa. In doing so, definitional, theoretical and methodological problems around the concepts of terrorism and organised crime are highlighted. …

action practices and the sidelining of the Afrikaans language.82 The Boeremag had a number of fantastical


Cape Town's African Poor

PLAAS · 1 January 2004 English

The typical ‘face of poverty’ in South Africa is no longer that of a rural woman engaged in subsistence agricultural production. Poverty today also refers to the large number of …

income of R767. Households with English and/or Afrikaans language skills produced R1 102 per month. This suggests nothing”) compared to those with English and/or Afrikaans language skills (31% said they “could do nothing”)


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