Sunday World

‘Language of the land should be used to conduct job interviews’

This proposal is a linguistic revolution, says Mdletshe

- By Sandile Motha Sandile@sundayworl­d.co.za

Rural youth aspiring to be employed at any National Freedom Party-(nfp) run municipali­ty will be eased off the burden of having to conduct their interviews in English.

The IFP splinter party made an unexpected comeback during the recent municipal elections, gaining a seat in almost all municipali­ties in which it fielded candidates.

The party announced that it would be introducin­g sweeping changes in the municipal employment criteria to ensure that rural dwellers were not overlooked on employment opportunit­ies. According to NFP secretary Canaan Mdletshe, the party intended using its majority in the edumbe municipali­ty to pilot the proposal.

“At some stage we need to level the playing field. This plan is aimed at addressing the impasse where rural youth and capable candidates continue to fall through the cracks when it comes to employment opportunit­ies because they can’t articulate themselves in English.

“If a rural-based municipali­ty serves 100% isizulu or isixhosa or Setswana community, the language of the land should be used to conduct interviews,” Mdletshe told Sunday World.

He said the proposal would be tabled at the first meeting of the municipali­ty before being canvassed to other municipali­ties.

“Where we are currently governing in edumbe local municipali­ty, this is one of our key priorities. We are certain that the municipal council will vote in favour of the proposal. The intention is to afford locals a fair opportunit­y when it comes to employment.”

Mdletshe said isizulu was a widely spoken language and it should be accorded the status it deserved, saying the move would target entry-level posts.

“This will not be a blanket approach because for senior posts and in those jobs that are regarded as scarce skills, we don’t mind if interviews are conducted in English because candidates might not be native isiZulu language speakers,” he said

If the proposal sees the light of day, edumbe will be the first municipali­ty in Kwazulu

The intention is to afford locals a fair opportunit­y when it comes to jobs

Natal to officially recognise isizulu as a language of choice for job interviews.

Mdletshe described the move as a linguistic revolution.

The edumbe local municipali­ty is located in Paulpieter­sburg in far northern Kwazulu-natal.

 ?? /Supplied ?? NFP’S Canaan Mdletshe has proposed that municipal entrylevel job interviews in edumbe be conducted in isizulu.
/Supplied NFP’S Canaan Mdletshe has proposed that municipal entrylevel job interviews in edumbe be conducted in isizulu.

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