Media Invitation: Minister Pallo Jordan to open the regional conference of the African Academy of Languages

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04 Mar 2008

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan will deliver the key note address to open the Regional Conference of the African Academy of Languages ( ACALAN.

The three day conference begins tomorrow, Wednesday 5 March at the Cedar park Hotel & Conference Center in Woodmead, Johannesburg. Minister Jordan is a member of the Interim Governing Board, representing the Southern Region of Africa.

The conference theme “National policies: the role of cross border languages and the place of lesser used languages in Southern Region of Africa”.   The theme underscores the importance of common language policies and linguistic diversity in the African continent.

“Languages are the carriers of culture and responsible for transmitting the values that make a nation and thus contribute much to people’s identity and sense of self.

“We are very proud, as South Africa, to be hosts to this important conference that will see delegates deliberate on matters pertaining to the protection and preservation of indigenous African languages,” said Minister Jordan.

ACALAN is a body of the African Union (AU) headquartered in Bamako, Mali and deals with the development and promotion of languages through organising conferences on selected topics. The conference is expected to produce recommendations which will be presented at the next annual general meeting of ACALAN.

Details of the events are as follows:

OPENING CEREMONY:
Date: 05 March 2008
Venue: Cedar Park Hotel & Conference Centre, 120 Western Service Road, Woodmead Sandton.
Time: 08:30

The conference will culminate with a closing ceremony on 7 March 2008 at 11: 30 am at Cedar Park Hotel and Conference Centre

RSVP: Mack Lewele, Director of Communications at 082 450 5076