In an attempt to recognize the cultural diversity of South Africa, the government gave official recognition to 11 languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Sotho, Venda, Tswana, Tsona, Pedi, Shangaan, and Ndebele. South African teachers switch languages in class: why policy should follow September 8, 2019 4.11am EDT Michael M. Kretzer , Russell H. Kaschula , Rhodes University Against this backdrop, this article analyses the handling of cultural diversity in a unified South African education system. South Africa is home to a wide array of vibrant, rich cultures, each with their own deep history. One of the perennial issues that arises when discussing South African education is our complex language policy. View Images Boulders Beach in Cape Town is home to a protected colony of African penguins. South Africa’s culture is one of the most diverse in the world and has given rise to the term “Rainbow Nation”. Languages Of South Africa. At the same time, its public sector has also changed, becoming more representative of the diverse backgrounds and needs of the South African people. South Africa is a diverse nation with a population of over 55 million comprising of people different languages, origins, cultures, and religious practices. Most of South Africa's landscape is made up of high, flat areas called plateaus. South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent.It has a long history of conflict and human rights issues, but it has always been one of the most economically prosperous nations in southern Africa due to its coastal location and the presence of gold, diamonds, and natural resources. Responses to educational change and desegregation Post-1994 policies and legislation that imposed desegregation in South African South Africa has eleven official languages, a measure that was included in the 1994 constitution to equalize the status of Bantu languages with Afrikaans, which under the white minority government had been the official language along with English. Television news and sports are broadcast in the four main language groups, English, Nguni (Zulu and Xhosa), Afrikaans, and Sotho. South Africa has undergone a significant transition. Decolonising Education in South Africa: Perspectives and Debates Aslam Fataar Distinguished Professor: Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University afataar@sun.ac.za The politics of knowledge in South African universities has recently witnessed a radical discursive rupture. Introduction . Accordingly, the public sector’s mandate has broadened. What happens in South African schools is that children usually learn… different languages, cultures and religions in the South African educational system. South Africa, called by some people the 'Rainbow Nation', a title that captures its diversity and 11 official languages. With 11 official languages and 8 other recognised languages, the rich culture of each of these groups brings its own vibrancy to our diversity. Through the works of established academics and writers we delve into history, customs and the blending of different ways of life in a cultural landscape that is uniquely South African. September is since 1994 officially heritage month, when the histories and cultural practices of all its peoples are celebrated and due recognition given to the men and women who have contributed to the heritage and culture of the nation. For those who aren't from South Africa, we have 11 official languages - Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga. SouthAfrica.co.za tells the stories of these cultures.