Free entry, once again, for fellow-Africans

To reaffirm the Afrika(ans) language’s African heritage, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) will celebrate Africa Day by focussing on the mutual influences between African languages and Afrikaans on Saturday, 25 May 2019. Given the success of last year’s celebration, entry will once again be for free to all Africans (except South Africans) who arrive with a valid passport of any other African country on this day.

According to Michael Jonas, Director of the ATM, the monument wants to make people aware of Afrikaans as an African language, the language’s African roots (combined with its European and Eastern heritage) as well as the diversity of the Afrikaans-speaking community. “We also want to reach out to our fellow Africans, and therefore we thought it a good idea to offer them free access to the Taalmonument. We not only consider the monument as a beacon of hope for the development of Afrikaans, but for all African languages.”

At noon on the day, the African Union’s official anthem will be played and the official flag hoisted to kickstart the event. Thereafter a free guided tour of the monument will take place; it will focus on the language’s African roots and Afrikaans’s influence on other African languages. Between 1 and 2pm, the Imbhewu Marimba band and Voce Armoniche choir will perform enchanting African songs – it’s also free for visitors.

Jonas suggests that families and friends make a wonderful day trip of it. “Have a picnic, support the lovely restaurant and let the kids play in the playgrounds or enjoy the outdoor games. In addition, the views and natural surroundings are absolutely beautiful in autumn.”

The Taalmonument’s entrance fees are R40 for adults, R10 for South African students and pensioners, R5 for children under 18 (free under six years) and free for Drakenstein residents with valid library cards. Audio guides are available in Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, French, German and Dutch. For more information on the ATM’s exciting events, visit www.taalmonument.co.za or follow the Taalmonument on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.