Dec 4, 2022

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Calls for Nathi Mthethwa to reconsider renaming Taal monument

A call by a South African on social media for Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa to reconsider plans to rename the Taal Monument went viral.

Mthethwa,Reportedly, plans to rebrand the Afrikaans Language Museum in Paarl, Western Cape, “for reasons of inclusivity”.

< p>The museum said Mthethwa mentioned the plan in March during the annual signing ceremony of the Shareholders’ Agreement between the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and the heads of the public bodies that fall under his mandate.

Speaking on eNCA, the department’s director general, Vusumuzi Mkhize, said the name change was to “accommodate other languages ​​and ensure that the museum’s transformation is inclusive of all “. .

William Sezoe shared on social media how he has been privileged to work at the museum, saying it is probably the most diverse, transformed and multilingual venture in South Africa .

“Dear Nathi Mthethwa, I have had the privilege of working on the Taal Memorial for a few months. From my experience it is probably the most diverse, transformed and multilingual entity in SA; We celebrate our shared past and our contribution to the formation of Afrikaans,” Sezoe said.

He said if Mthethwa was disturbed by those who share a common interest, more about Learning Afrikaans doesn’t belong in the department.

“When thousands of people from different backgrounds and languages ​​come together to learn more about Afrikaans and those who help shape it If you don’t mind, then you clearly don’t belong in the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.

“It’s the same Taal monument, where I saw it and experienced pure social cohesion. Maybe you should come by and I’ll take you on a tour, maybe you’ll change your ill-informed mind. Because come on, what’s your actual problem, please explain?” Sezoe said.

In a statement, the museum’s director, Michael Jonas, said that the institution has decided to initiate a consultation process to explore the feasibility of a possible name change.

Jonas said the first step will be to announce a change on April 26 and 27 May hold a strategic planning meeting with board members, followed by a public meeting on May 28 in Paarl where the public can provide input.

“There are no proposals at this time , and as for the way forward, we will be guided by the results of the meetings. Anyone who is unable to attend the event on May 28th and would like to make constructive comments is welcome to email them to [email protected]

He said in the meantime the museum will continue to focus on promoting social cohesion, multilingualism, Afrikaans and other indigenous languages; ​​as well as the role they play in the larger decolonization process.

“We therefore encourage people who feel the same way to support the institution by visiting our wide range of events and the acquisition of annual permits. The Taal Memorial also has audio guides in Afrikaans, isiXhosa, English and French explaining the symbolism of this iconic sculpture,” said Jonas.

Western Cape Cultural Affairs MEC Anroux Marais said , she was dismayed by the proposal.

Public funds for arts and culture should be properly spent on supporting our artists and the development of our indigenous languages ​​than on hollow grand gestures.”

“The museum is an important part of our country’s history and the name is directly linked to its origin and importance.

“A name change would take away the historical value away from the Afrikaans language. We must ensure that we do not lose sight of the importance of protecting all of our indigenous languages ​​to ensure equal access and representation for all.”

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