Other languages used in South Africa include the Khoi, Nama and San languages, Sign Language, Arabic, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Portuguese, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telegu and Urdu.
South Africa has various structures and institutions that support the preservation and development of languages.
The transfers for capital works projects are mainly for legacy projects under construction, including the Sarah Baartman Centre for Remembrance, the memorial site for JL Dube and the memorial site for OR Tambo. The country’s Constitution guarantees equal status to 11 official languages to cater for its diverse people and their cultures.
These are: English, isi Ndebele, isi Xhosa, isi Zulu, Afrikaans, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.
Over the medium term, spending in the Heritage Promotion and Preservation programme in particular is expected to use a significant proportion of the department’s allocation and is projected to grow significantly.
This is due to the transfers of the community library services’ conditional grant to provinces, which received additional allocations in the 2013 budget, and transfers to heritage institutions, particularly for new capital works projects.
More than 160 community art centres are in operation, varying from community-initiated to government-managed centres.
Access to community library services will be broadened through the Heritage Promotion and Preservation programme’s funding of a recapitalisation programme that provides and enhances community library infrastructure, facilities and services.The DAC endorses and supports programmes in needy centres that are community-initiated or non-governmental.