Reminder: Due Date for Adopting Language Policies – 2 November 2014

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19 Aug 2014

The Use of Languages Act, 2012 (Act No. 12 of 2012), was adopted to regulate the use of official languages by national government. Section (4)(1) requires all national departments, national public entities and national public enterprises to adopt official language policies within 18 months of commencement of the Act. The Act was promulgated in the Gazette on 2 May 2013, which means that the final date for adoption of national language policies is 2 November 2014.

Section 4(2)‑(4) of the Act and the Regulations in terms of the Act set out the requirements for, and guidelines on drafting, language policies. Both documents may be accessed at

Minister Nathi Mthethwa is pleased to announce that his predecessor, former Minister Mashatile, had written to Minister of Government Departments, Heads of Public Entities and Institutions notifying them of their obligations in terms of the Act and had ensured that a technical workshop had provided delegates from the Departments and Institutions the necessary legislative framework, knowledge and reporting skills.

The only institution applying for exemption from establishing an Official Language Policy was the Pension Fund Adjudicator. The application is under review. “This Act will help ensure democracy by making official documents and services accessible to many more people. It also provides all Official Languages with equal weight in terms of usage”, Minister Mthethwa said.

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