Languages | Western Cape Government


English-isiXhosa Government Terminology

(Guidelines, Manuals and Instructions)
Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape (Western Cape Government)
This publication contains a list of English terms and their Xhosa translations that are often used in a government context.

Language Services

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) is committed to ensuring equal treatment for Afrikaans, English and Xhosa, and to promoting previously marginalised languages and South African Sign Language. These activities will contribute to us being better together in the Western Cape.

The Western Cape Language Audit: 2001

(Reports and Research)
(File type: pdf; size: 478.95 KB)Culture and Heritage (Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Western Cape Government)
A study of the performance of the provincial government in meeting the language needs among its personnel, stakeholders and the general public.

Western Cape Language Committee

RESPONSIBILITIES  Ensuring the equal status of the three official languages of the province.Monitoring the use of the official languages by the provincial government of the Western Cape.Promoting multilingualism.Actively promoting the development of previously marginalised indigenous languages, including South African Sign Language (SASL).Advising the Minister on language matters.

Western Cape Language Committee Annual Report 2021-22

(Annual Report)
Language Services (Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Western Cape Government)

Western Cape Language Policy

Language Services (Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Western Cape Government)
The Western Cape Language Policy is a first of its kind in South Africa. The aim of the policy is to ensure the equal status and use of the three official provincial languages, Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa. It also supports and promotes South African Sign Language, marginalised languages and the other official South African languages. The policy is available in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.