Soweto Theatre in partnership with Indigenous Languages Initiative For Advancement (ILIFA ) presents Mother Tongue Indaba a panel discussion on the plight of indigenous languages on 25 May 2024 at the Soweto Theatre.

It is often said by language speakers that, when you introduce yourself in your language, other language speakers know something about you just from your name, clan, and where you are from. These are learnings that Mother Tongue Indaba will delve into, as they shine a spotlight on the importance of the use of African Languages. ILIFA recognises that Indigenous languages are like ecological encyclopaedias and ancestral guides with profound knowledge cultivated over centuries. If these languages are not passed on, then this wisdom is lost to humanity and the generations to come.

Renowned experts Dr. Victor Ramathisele and Professor Somadoda Fikeni will lead the discussion, exploring the current state of indigenous languages in South Africa. They will be joined by a panel discussion looking into the plight of indigenous languages and their limited use in education, commerce and within society, thus limiting mother tongue use to households and workspaces.

Some of the Keynote speakers to look forward to include: Prof. Sihawukele Ngubane, Ms Tsakani Nkwei, Prof. Itumeleng Mosala, Mr Ndivhuwo Mutsila, Prof. Mokhele Madise amongst others.

Join us in celebration of our roots and as we plight to preserve indigenous languages on 25 May with tickets priced at only R80.

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