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The Struggle for Language

Sunday 4 February 2007 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)

The Struggle for Language. 3/3: Afrikaans. Playwright Mike Van Kraan explores a language under threat following the collapse of apartheid.

Duration:

45 minutes

Playlist:

3/3. Afrikaans

Will the collapse of apartheid in South Africa lead to the eventual demise of the Afrikaans language? For playwright Mike Van Kraan, this is personal. Brought up by his Afrikaans-speaking parents, he refused to speak the language as a young man as a means of fighting apartheid. Yet today, in the new South Africa, his children are coming home from school speaking Afrikaans. Mike goes on a personal journey to define for himself the struggle for the language. Contributors include F W De Klerk and Andre Brink.




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