ATM Ons kom van ver Wellington uitnodiging

Conversation about language and identity in Wellington

The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument (ATM), Wellington Museum and the Breytenbach Centre will collectively celebrate International Mother Language Day and Human Right’s Day with a special programme on Saturday 18 March 2017 in Wellington. Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual commemoration, since 2008, to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

Dr Abraham de Vries will lead a conversation about the theme “language and diversity” with five people from Wellington, namely Herman Bailey (ex-mayor), Marlene le Roux (CEO of Artscape, chairperson of the “Stigting vir Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans”), Edwena Goff (church leader, ex-Miss Africa-South), Patrick Mettler (educational specialist) and Prof Mary Anne Plaatjies Van Huffel (moderator of the United Reformed Church). All of them participated in the new book “Ons kom van vêr” (We come from far), containing contributions about coloured Afrikaans speakers’ role in the development of Afrikaans.

Book launch: “Ons kom van vêr”

Prof Wannie Carstens (language editor) and Dr Michael le Cordeur (content editor) will launch the book, dedicated to writer Adam Small, as part of the programme. Copies of the book will also be for sale. According to the writers, the book’s core value is refuting the stigma that coloured people do not have a voice about Afrikaans or do not have a contribution to make to Afrikaans. The contributors show that Afrikaans was not only the language of apartheid, but also of the struggle and reconciliation.

The programme includes poetry recitals by Paarl artist Gaireyah Fredericks (whose poem for Adam Small is included in the book), Afri-Kaaps songs by Nedine Blom and Jawaahier Petersen of the Jaloersbokkies, and performances by the local Klopse (minstrel) group Caledonian Roses. The function starts at 10:00 in the Bôrdienghuis of the Breytenbach Centre in Burger Street. Attendance is free of charge and includes light refreshments, but only a limited number of seats are available. Book with Nkita Pietersen at 021 863 0543/2 or

Special Mother Language Day programme for schools

During February the ATM hosted a special educational programme in celebration of International Mother Language Day. Seven schools (Spine Road High School, Imboniselo Primary School, Hout Bay International School, Active Home School Academy, WA Joubert Primary School, Klapmuts Primary School and Stellenbosch High School) visited the museum for a multi-media presentation and the monument for an educational tour. For more information about the ATM’s educational programmes, contact Janine Brown at 021 872 3441 or