Nominations for Western Cape Language Committee

First Plumstead Scouts held a youth leadership camp at the Princess Vlei Eco Centre, from Tuesday October 4 to Thursday October 6. The main objective of the camp was for the participants to obtain leadership skills and learn to fend for themselves and become positive, productive members of society. A strong emphasis was also placed on problem solving and resilience during the camp. In addition there was also team building, pressure management, communication skills and listening skills. The camp was facilitated by troop scouter, Mark Abrahams, Macarl Paulse, Mogamat Zaid Ismail, Ridah Abrahams, Eben Johannes and Fatima Ismail. Pictured are the scouts and the leaders.

The Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sport, in compliance with Section 7 of the Western Cape Provincial Languages Act (Act 13 of 1998), invites the general public to nominate suitable persons as members of the Western Cape Language Committee.

Appointed nominees will serve a three-year term of office. The Language Committee monitors language policy and other language matters in the Western Cape and acts in an advisory capacity to the Western Cape Government, the Provincial Parliament and the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB).

The vision of the Western Cape Language Committee is the empowerment of all the people of the Western Cape through language, the enhancement of human dignity through mutual respect for language, and the promotion of multilingualism.

The committee’s mission is to monitor the use of the three official languages of the province; monitor the implementation of the Western Cape Language Policy; and advise the MEC tasked with language matters and the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) on language matters in or affecting the province.

“We call on people with the appropriate experience and knowledge to apply. Language is an important part of our heritage and is important that during this heritage month we do not forget our languages. “We believe that all languages are important and that we can do more to safeguard them,” says the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sport, Ricardo Mackenzie.


Nominees must be South
African citizens, at least 21 years of age.

Candidates must have full command of at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape, and must have an active interest in or knowledge of language matters.

Successful candidates must be able to attend at least four plenary meetings of the Language Committee and several subcommittee meetings per year.

Nominations must be made on the prescribed form and submitted by no later than 4pm on Friday October 14.

Requests for nomination forms as well as any enquiries must be directed to Waseem
Matthews at 021 487 1741 or via email

Nomination forms are available on the website of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament