Photo Credit: DeafSA

South African Sign Language will officially be signed into law today, a historic moment for our country!


Pretoria, South Africa (19 July, 2023)—South Africa’s 12th official language will be signed into law today—an amazing sign of the times for everyone who pushed for South African Sign Language (SASL) to have a seat at the national table.

The road to the official addition might not have been short but it’s certainly been worthy and Good Things Guy has kept up with every milestone along the way.

From SASL’s recognition as an official Home Language to the South African Sign Language Bill’s passing earlier this year, SASL’s place in the Rainbow Nation’s vocabulary is a welcomed moment in history.

Over and above the inclusivity it encourages, SASL’s recognition also plays a role in rights’ protection for the deaf and hearing-impaired community.

South Africa is now the fourth country in Africa to have sign language among its official languages following Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

As the Wits Centre for Deaf Studies weighs in:

“This monumental victory marks a new era of inclusion, recognition, and cultural enrichment. It underlines our mission of making a society where every language, including SASL, is respected and given its rightful place.

“We’ve always believed that every language is a cornerstone of cultural identity and inclusivity, and today, we’re incredibly proud to see SASL receive the recognition it deserves. This is not just a win for the Deaf community, but a triumph for all who advocate for linguistic diversity and inclusivity.”

Sources: Various (Linked Above)
Don’t ever miss the Good Things. Download the Good Things Guy App now on Apple or Google
Have something to add to this story? Please share it in the comments or follow GoodThingsGuy on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with good news as it happens, or share your good news with us by clicking here or click the link below to listen to the Good Things Guy Podcast with Brent Lindeque – South Africa’s very own Good Things Guy. He’s on a mission to change what the world pays attention to, and he truly believes there’s good news around us. In the Good Things Guy podcast, you’ll meet these everyday heroes & hear their incredible stories:

Or watch an episode of Good Things TV below, a show created to offer South Africans balance in a world with what feels like constant bad news. We’re here to remind you that there are still so many good things happening in South Africa & we’ll leave you feeling a little more proudly South African.

Facebook Comments

About the Author

Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *