Aug 03

South Africa’s recognition of sign language signals new hope for the deaf

Bongumusa Manana is a 19-year-old deaf student who studies in a township in Johannesburg. He sees South Africa’s move to recognise sign as an official language as a huge breakthrough that will help him to get to university and make his “dreams come true”. Reuters reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa signed legislation into law last month recognising sign as the country’s 12th official language. This is alongside English, isiZulu, Afrikaans and others, to help protect the rights of the deaf and promote inclusivity.