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Tag Archives: Afrikaans

Grootfontein Agricultural College: R10 million for repairs after pressure from AfriForum Youth

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 23 May, 2017

The pressure that AfriForum Youth has applied on the Grootfontein Agricultural College in Middelburg in the Eastern Cape in reaction to the poor living conditions and general facilities at the College have compelled the Management to release about R10 million for repairs and upgrades. 

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AfriForum and Solidarity examine court’s dismissal of leave to appeal in UP language policy court case

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 10 May, 2017

AfriForum, AfriForum Youth and Solidarity are disappointed about the court’s dismissal of their application for leave to appeal a high court ruling made in December 2016. This ruling was made in favour of the University of Pretoria’s (UP) decision that English will be the only primary language of instruction at the university.

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AfriForum Youth queries LLB accreditation requirements

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 24 April, 2017

AfriForum Youth expressed its concern regarding the apparent political agenda behind the adjustments that are required to the LLB degree of the North-West University (NWU) by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC).

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Leave to appeal reserved in court case of AfriForum and Solidarity regarding Afrikaans at Tuks

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 10 March, 2017

Leave to appeal in the court case of AfriForum and Solidarity against the newly accepted language policy of the University of Pretoria (UP) was today reserved in the North Gauteng High Court until the Highest Court of Appeal delivers judgement in the case of AfriForum and Solidarity against the newly accepted language policy of the management of the University of the Free State (UFS).

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Judgment in UP language policy case a huge blow

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 15 December, 2016

A blow to South African language rights – this is how the applicants AfriForum, AfriForum Youth and Solidarity have described the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling in their language case against the University of Pretoria (UP). The UP will phase out Afrikaans as medium of tuition as of 2017. The case was heard on 1 December 2016 and the court announced today that it rejects the application with costs.

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Racism rife at Tuks hostels

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 22 November, 2016

AfriForum learned on Monday, 21 November 2016 that a student of the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Taaibos Hostel had written racist and provocative remarks against white people on the outside of his hostel room door.

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AfriForum Youth lays charge against Tuks demonstrator after assault

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 28 September, 2016

AfriForum Youth Tuks laid a charge of assault at the South African Police Service (SAPS) after a member of this youth organisation was attacked during the election of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Pretoria (UP).

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AfriForum Youth hard at work in Potchefstroom

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 28 September, 2016

The AfriForum Youth branch at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom campus successfully completed three actions on this campus last week. 

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AfriForum Youth fights for better quality tertiary education at Tuks

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 13 September, 2016

AfriForum Youth and students supporting this organisation today launched a campaign on the main campus of the University of Pretoria (UP) to inform students of the University’s weakening stature as tertiary institution. As part of this campaign, worthless degrees were handed out to students.

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A Knapsack tour in the footsteps of the Rebels

by in campaigns on 09 September, 2016

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A Knapsack tour in the footsteps of the Rebels

It was the Afrikaner’s darkest hour when the diehards of the Anglo Boer War locked horns twelve years later: On the one side the government forces (Kakies) of Prime Minister Louis Botha and his Minister of Defence, Jan Smuts – and on the other, the rebellion commandoes of General Koos de la Rey and Commandant Generals Christiaan de Wet and Christiaan Beyers. Only a few months later, all was over. The end was bitterer than that of 1902.

  • Koos de la Rey
  • Christiaan de Wet
  • Jan Kemp
  • Jopie Fourie
  • Manie Maritz

How does such a tragedy strike?
Who were the role players?
How does one look back on it after a century?

Pack your knapsack and tour the Kalahari in the footsteps of Generals Kemp and Maritz with AfriForum Youth

Date: 1–9 October 2016
Costs: Free
RSVP: Send your name, surname, cell number and campus name before or on 15 September 2016 to marike@afriforum.co.za.

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  • 2 500 km
  • Six destinations
  • Nine days of fun and adventure
  • Learn more about your culture
  • Learn more about your history
  • Learn more about your heritage
  • Learn more about yourself

AfriForum Youth delivers memorandum over Tuks student

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 09 September, 2016

AfriForum Youth yesterday delivered a memorandum to the management of the University of Pretoria (UP) in which the organisation demands the suspension of Luvuyo Menziwa, a UP student and member of the Student Council. This follows after Menziwa posted on Facebook that he wanted to kill white people with an AK-47 or a bazooka.

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Questions loom over Kovsies’ SRC election process

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements Uncategorized on 08 September, 2016

AfriForum Youth addressed a letter to the University of the Free State (UFS) in which they criticize and question the University’s defective and unlawful Student Representative Council (SRC) election procedures and rules. The youth organisation also condemns the UFS’s decision to postpone the election for the third time this year.

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AfriForum Youth offers Tuks students self-defence training

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 01 September, 2016

On Wednesday 31 August the AfriForum Youth branch of the University of Pretoria (UP) presented self-defence classes for students.

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AfriForum Youth to lay charge against SRC member who ‘wants to kill white people’

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 30 August, 2016

AfriForum Youth is busy preparing charges that will be laid at the South African Police Service (SAPS) against Luvuyo Menziwa, a student at the University of Pretoria (UP) and member of the Student Representative Council (SRC). This follows after Menziwa said in a post on Facebook that he wants to kill white people using an AK-47 or bazooka.

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Language uproar at UFS continues: Students complain about English instruction and are being victimised

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 17 August, 2016

AfriForum Youth received complaints from students out of various faculties of the University of the Free State (UFS) that classes which were originally available in Afrikaans, are increasingly only being presented in English. This follows despite the verdict of the high court on 21 July 2016 against the UFS’s newly accepted language policy – stipulating clearly that multilingual education must be promoted by the UFS – and despite the fact that the current language policy still caters for Afrikaans education.

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Tuks SRC candidate represents youth at UN

by in Blog Hot on 26 July, 2016

AfriForum Youth will internationalise the quota system issue when Henrico Barnard, AfriForum Youth Tuks SRC presidential candidate, travels to the United Nations in August to represent the youth there.

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UFS and IEC keep language survey results secret

by in Mediastatements on 27 November, 2015

The University of the Free State (UFS) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed with AfriForum that the results of the survey on language on the UFS’s campus will not be made public. The UFS’s explanation is that the data will first be processed before it can be submitted in this format to the Council.

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Rector thinks rules need not be followed

by in Blog Keep an eye on on 16 November, 2015

AfriForum Youth started identifying a pattern in Prof. Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch (US), of attempting to bypass official processes time and again. The latest act to confirm this is his decision to introduce English as the only language of communication at the US.

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Setback for Afrikaans at Maties

by in Hot Mediastatements on 01 October, 2015

AfriForum Youth took notice with great concern regarding the decision taken by the Council of the University of Stellenbosch (US) during its Board Meeting on 28 September to no longer protect Afrikaans as medium of instruction in the official language policy of the university and other documents.

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Elsenburg students unite for Afrikaans

by in Hot Mediastatements on 19 August, 2015

Hundreds of students from Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute today held a protest during which a memorandum was handed to the Institute’s Management. This follows after the Management of the Institute recently failed to take a stand against students who deprived other students of their right to education in an unlawful manner. The students eventually obtained support from two external organisations, AfriForum Youth and Adam Tas Student Body, after they were at their wit’s end.

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Department dishonest and uninformed about Grootfontein language policy

by in Hot Mediastatements on 11 August, 2015

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is dishonest and uninformed regarding the proposed language policy for the Grootfontein Agricultural College in Middelburg, Eastern Cape. 

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AfriForum Youth vigilant about decision at Elsenburg

by in Hot Mediastatements on 27 July, 2015

AfriForum Youth welcomes the decision that English will not be the only medium of instruction at Elsenburg Agricultural College as was announced earlier this week. That decision was overturned today during a meeting. Both Afrikaans and English were reintroduced as mediums of instruction. 

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AfriForum Youth celebrates 90th anniversary of Afrikaans as an official language

by in Mediastatements on 08 May, 2015

AfriForum Youth celebrated the 90th anniversary of Afrikaans as an official language on seven university campuses by launching green balloons up in the air. Each campus simultaneously released 90 balloons to commemorate 8 May 1925, the date on Parlement declared Afrikaans an official language of South Africa. 

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Reregistration of AfriForum Youth Tuks denied due to Afrikaans application forms

by in Hot Mediastatements on 21 April, 2015

AfriForum Youth has given their legal team the instruction to investigate various legal options after the University of Pretoria (UP) denied the organisation’s application for the reregistration of AfriForum Youth Tuks on campus because their application forms, which was submitted to the Department of Student Affairs (DSA), were completed in Afrikaans.

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AfriForum Youth celebrates International Mother Language Day

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 21 February, 2015

At 17:00 this afternoon, AfriForum Youth will read their last word in their 48 hour Afrikaans reading marathon. The marathon of the youth organisation kicked off at 17:00 on Thursday at the Bieliemielie Festival in Reitz in the Free State in celebration of International Mother Language Day.

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AfriForum Youth Chairman chased out of meeting

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 13 February, 2015

The National Chairman of AfriForum Youth, Henk Maree was chased out of a meeting with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Student Council of the Grootfontein Agricultural College and other roleplayers. This, as members of the South African Student Congress (Sasco) said Maree was not welcome, as he represents a national youth organisation while only local youth leaders were apparently welcome.

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Letter to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – Eastern Cape

by in Documents on 12 February, 2015

AfriForum Youth herewith officially declares a dispute with the Department of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, after Afrikaans as language of education has been
abolished at the Grootfontein Agricultural College in Middelburg in the Eastern Cape. 

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AfriForum Youth fights for Afrikaans at Grootfontein Agricultural College

by in Hot Mediastatements on 11 February, 2015

AfriForum Youth today declared a dispute with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, after it came to light that the Department wants to change the language policy of the Grootfontein Agricultural College in the Eastern Cape from 2016. The plan is to abolish Afrikaans and to change it to an English college. 

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AfriForum Youth sponsors two words on World Dictionary Day

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 16 October, 2014

AfriForum Youth today, which is internationally celebrated as Dictionary Day, sponsored the words “tradition” and “activism” in the Sponsor a Word Project of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (WAT), translated as the Dictionary of the Afrikaans Language. 

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Why would you not study in Afrikaans?

by in Blog on 15 May, 2014

About a month ago, I was on the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria, waiting for a class to start when I overheard remarks on a topic about which I feel quite strongly.Two students wondered if it is better to study in English or Afrikaans.

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