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Stuart Hayward (2002F) - Advocate for the Mother Tongue

Stuart Hayward recently published an article on the importance of learning other native South African languages which has received widespread and positive attention.

Respect for the other’s mother tongue goes a long way towards establishing dignified relationships
Respect for the other’s mother tongue goes a long way towards establishing dignified relationships
"Respect for the other’s mother tongue goes a long way towards establishing dignified relationships" says Stuart Haywayd (2002F), from his recent article on the importance of learning other South African Languages. 

Stuart wrote: "The article pertains to an attempt to positively influence South African society towards negating the poison of identity politics- one of the most effective means of doing so is to learn the basics of other languages via greeting and interacting as a mark of respect. In Joburg I have learnt basic isiZulu and the response from the public is amazing, it makes a difference to perceptions- even if only a small difference- the starfish parable principle applies- if my article can change one person's outlook and attitude then it is worth publishing.
 
I have received an incredible response from the article- notably Brendan Fogarty at the prep read the article to his grade 7 isiXhosa class."


The article has received wide-spread positive attention and Stuart was recently interviewed by Kieno Kammies on Cape Talk - Listen to the Podcast HERE

To read his full article, click HERE

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