School breaks barriers
Xhosa language school Masithethe IsiXhosa encourages cultural diversity in workplace
LANGUAGE barriers are a common challenge in the workplace which can hinder productivity and communication between workers and managers.
Xhosa language school Masithethe IsiXhosa (Conversations in isiXhosa) has been launched to encourage cultural diversity in the Western Cape through speaking isiXhosa.
Masithethe IsiXhosa, founded by qualified teaching professional Nomthandazo Thandi Ndlebe, is a school that strives to bridge South Africa and the world in workplaces and public places, with principal activities of offering (African) cultural and language courses to individuals, governments and corporates.
Furthermore, it aims to facilitate the integration of black people in the workplaces through speaking the language of IsiXhosa in order to better employment conditions.
The school, which was officially launched in August, was founded in 2015 with the help of Nordex Group South Africa and the Small Enterprise Development Agency.
Ndlele noted that South Africa had become a new democracy, which created an integration of black people into the workplace.
In today’s diverse workforce it is highly likely that you would have employees working for you who don’t speak your language.
“One of the great challenges of accepting diversity in the workplace is creating a work environment of inclusion, rather than exclusion, so all employees can reach their full potential.
Managers have a responsibility to affirmatively determine where language and cultural differences in the workplace are acceptable and where they are not.
“Language barriers make it difficult to share your expectations or give feedback to those with whom you cannot communicate effectively,” Ndlele said.
The black-owned company in Cape Town provides quality courses at a fraction of the price that made a significant impact on internal company relationships and dynamics by using Xhosa to penetrate communities.
The school provides vast services which help companies or organisations improve communication, productivity and performance companies.
It also provides innovative and userfriendly materials, with courses conducted at the comfort of your home or at the school.
Ndlele said the individuals who benefitted mostly from their services were managers, marketing consultants, sales
BREAKING BARRIERS: The Masithethe IsiXhosa language school was founded by enterprising, qualified teaching professional Nomthandazo Thandi Ndlebe and was launched to encourage cultural diversity in the Western Cape.