This Mandela Day, July 18, 2017; South Africans gains the first website that has content in all 11 official languages.
The website; southafrica.co.za, is a hub for factual content, ranging from our natural and cultural heritage, “How To” facts such as compilation of a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) to preparation of mopani worms, chakalaka, samoosa, potbrood, koeksuster and more.
The website is an initiative of Cape Town based organisation South Africa Online (Pty) Ltd.
The fact-intensive website is a first step towards offering South Africans free online education. The ultimate aim is to encourage innovative; skills development and job creation to bridge the electronic culture and economic divide.
The initiative includes; Earn As You Learn, which sets out to help South Africans reach their potential with a web presence. More about Earn As You Learn will be divulged closer to the launch.
Southafrica.co.za opens up the internet to serve as an interface with speakers of all 11 official languages, the journey has begun.
Meanwhile, South Africans can be proud of the fact that, as of today, the electronic cultural and economic divide is closing via web-based channels for brands to engage with fellow South Africans in their mother tongue.
Southafrica.co.za enters cyberspace as a proud new entrant with a considerable pedigree: the same team founded Africa’s first internet cafe and sourced, trained and placed Kruger National Park’s first black female nature guide and the first 150 black nature guides, earning Fair Trade Tourism South Africa accolades in the process. Some 76 of these guides are now self-employed and serve as suppliers to our organisation.
In the words of the great Nelson Mandela himself: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. One gulf will not be easily bridged – that is the division between information-rich and information-poor.
Justice and equity demand that we find ways of overcoming it. If more than half the world is denied access to the means of communication, the people of developing countries will not be fully part of the modern world … Eliminating the distinction between information-rich and information-poor countries is also critical to eliminating economic and other inequalities between North and South, and to improving the quality of life of all humanity”.