ATM Raadslede 2018 (1) crop

The new ATM council FLTR is Mr Jurie Saal, Dr William Langeveldt, Mr Logan Munsamy, Prof Janis Grobbelaar, Prof Elvis Saal (chair), Adv Penny Magona (deputy chair), Mr Cecil le Fleur and Prof Steward van Wyk.

The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) in Paarl has welcomed its new council, appointed by the national Department of Arts and Culture.

According to the director, Mr Michael Jonas, management and staff look forward to closely cooperate with the council to realise the vision and goals of an inclusive institution. “We continue to build on our projects to recognise ignored varieties of Afrikaans and promote the diversity of Afrikaans through inclusive programmes and activities,” he says.

The eight members, three of whom served on the previous council, represent a broad spectrum of cultural, linguistic, legal and financial expertise that will be of great benefit to the institution. The councillors, who will serve for three years from the beginning of 2018, are Prof Elvis Saal (chair), Adv Penelope Magona (deputy chair), Dr William Langeveldt, Mr Cecil le Fleur, Prof Steward van Wyk, Mr Jurie Saal, Mr Logan Munsamy and Prof Janis Grobbelaar.

Jonas adds: “Part of our mission is to manage the ATM on sound and transparent financial and administrative principles that will establish the institution as a leading and recognised role-player in the heritage sector. Our task is to protect and promote Afrikaans’s diverse language heritage, cultural-historical buildings and heritage sites.”

According to him, the institution is in a privileged position to celebrate culture, nature and pleasure. “However, we must also take our immediate community into account and reach out to them. If the Boland community does not regard the monument as relevant, it’s difficult to convey the value of this place, this space, to other people. Fortunately, the Afrikaans Language Monument is increasingly regarded as a must-see tourism attraction by locals and foreigners. And that’s what we want to build on.”

More on the ATM councillors 2018-2021:

Prof Elvis Saal, chairman, has obtained his MA in Afrikaans cum laude and is currently the head of Afrikaans Linguistics at the University of South Africa. He has published numerous articles that focus on languages, and specifically Afrikaans, in various academic journals. He is a member of the Afrikaans Language Council and the Linguistics Association of Southern Africa.

Adv Penelope Magona, deputy chair, obtained an LLM degree in Labour Law at the University of South Africa and is a member of the Cape Bar. She is a commissioner for the small claims court and occasionally an acting judge in the Western Cape High Court. The quadrilingual Magona is a member of the Artscape council, a member of the Black Lawyers Association and also gives motivational talks at schools.

Mr Cecil le Fleur acquired teaching and agriculture diplomas, taught for decades and was a member of the Western Cape Heritage Council. He is chair of the Griqua National Conference, the National Khoi-San Council and deputy chair of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordination Committee.

Prof Steward van Wyk, who obtained a DLitt in Afrikaans and Dutch, is currently the departmental chair of the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of the Western Cape. He is chair of the Jan Rabie and Marjorie Wallace Bursary Committee, deputy chair of the Southern African Association for Dutch Linguistics, and a board member of the Foundation for Empowerment through Afrikaans.

Mr Jurie Saal has obtained an Honours degree in Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape as well as various financial qualifications. He worked as a teacher and lecturer after which he was a human resources and administrative manager at various companies and training colleges. He also served as a director of the Public Servants Association.

Mr Logan Munsamy holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and is currently lecturing at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein. He is accredited internationally as a project manager, is a member of numerous public administration associations, serves on the boards of various academic hospitals, and is an audit committee member for the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality.

Dr William Langeveldt has obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy in the USA and is a Khoe-San activist highlighting the challenges of Southern Africa’s first people locally and abroad. He taught at schools, lectured at various tertiary institutions, and served on numerous cultural and language councils as well as in government bodies promoting the rights in this regard.

Prof Janis Grobbelaar obtained a DLitt et Phil at the University of South Africa, lectured at various universities and currently lectures at the University of Pretoria. She has published dozens of articles in academic journals, conducted research for international organisations and acted as commentator / consultant on socio-political issues. She serves on various academic councils, including the council of the Tshwane University of Technology.

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