School breaks bar­ri­ers

Xhosa lan­guage school Ma­sithethe IsiXhosa en­cour­ages cul­tural di­ver­sity in work­place

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Western Cape News - KEITUMETSI MOTLHALE

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 in

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.

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