Siki Dlanga: working to connect indigenous languages activists across South Africa

Starting June 1-7, 2023, Siki Dlanga from South Africa will be hosting the @DigiAfricanLang Twitter account, sharing with us her work to support indigenous language activists of the region and her wish for her language, Xhosa, to have more presence in the digital world.

In an earlier interview with Rising Voices, she said:

I work for the South African Indigenous Languages Action Forum otherwise known as ILAF. It is a network that connects indigenous language activists of all kinds even though it is mostly known by academics. ILAF promotes the work of indigenous languages in South Africa. We facilitate conversations, promote and highlight any indigenous language work that is positive in the country. Some people have written maths and science books in indigenous languages and we would like to promote their work. Others have created podcasts or work with judicial systems and indigenous languages. The work varies. There are millions of indigenous language speakers in South Africa and there is much work to be done.

Follow @DigiAfricanLang for discussions and advocacy regarding the need for increased linguistic diversity online and across the African continent.


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