Fellow Africans can visit Taalmonument for free on Africa Day
Celebration will focus on the influence of African languages on Afrikaans
To reaffirm the Afrikaans language’s African heritage, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) will celebrate Africa Day by focussing on the influence of African languages on Afrikaans and Afrikaans’s influence on African languages on Friday, 25 May 2018. Moreover, access is for free on this day for Africans (except South Africans) who arrive with their valid passports from any other African country.
According to Michael Jonas, the Director of the ATM, the ATM wants to make people aware of Afrikaans as an African language, the language’s African origin (combined with its European and Eastern origins), mutual influences between Afrikaans and other African languages, as well as the diversity of the Afrikaans-speaking community. “We also want to reach out to our fellow Africans as South Africans, and therefore we thought it was good idea to offer them free access to the Language Monument. We not only consider the monument as a beacon of hope for Afrikaans, but for all African languages.”
The Taalmonument entrance fees are R30 for adults, R10 for South African students and pensioners, R5 for children (free under six years) and free for Drakenstein residents with library tickets. Audio guides are available in Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, French, German and Dutch. For more information on the ATM, visit www.taalmuseum.co.za or follow the Language Monument on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.