Introduction of the Nama Language


The Honourable Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga has granted the Northern Cape Department of Education approval for our plans to preserve the rich history and heritage in our Province through the development of our indigenous African language, in this instance Nama. This indigenous language does not form part of the National Curriculum Framework, and therefore we needed her permission to pursue in this venture.


The Northern Cape Provincial Government has a standing Twinning Agreement with the Namibian //Kharas Region which focusses on three streams namely: Local Government, Economic Development and the Social stream. Education forms a critical part of the social stream and specifically focus on the development of Nama.


A series of work has already been done in this regard for the introducing Nama in two schools in the Northern Cape as a extramural activity, phasing it in from Grade R. The two schools that we have identified is situated in Riemvasmaak and Khuboes. Both these towns are situated on the border between Namibia and South Africa and Nama is being spoken very prominently.


As this will be a first for the Province and the country, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty, the Premier of the Northern Cape, Ms Sylvia Lucas will officiate the official opening and introduction of Nama at the Riemvasmaak Primary School on the 29th of January 2018. She will be accompanied by Members of her Executive Council as well as a delegation from Namibia.