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posted 14 Oct 2015, 08:59 by Christo Spetsiotis   [ updated 24 Oct 2015, 09:45 ]
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isiZulu Lessons for Durban Community Aimed to Breakdown Linguistic Divide 

Created: 09 April The Siyakhuluma Project is a Durban based, educational non-profit organisation that teaches isiZulu and English at community and corporate level. The initiative is focused on developing relevant language skills to enable better communication amongst South African people and with a goal is to create a network of qualified isiZulu and English teachers. 

The Siyakhuluma Project was founded in 2014 by 34-year-old Durbanite Christo Spetsiotis who ran his first pilot course in November of that year. The course consisted of 4 one hour classes of basic isiZulu and was hosted at the Hellenic / Greek community classroom facilities. 

“South African society is linguistically divided. The negative effects of promoting only English and Afrikaans during Apartheid has left a severe mark of separation on our social landscape. We believe adult language education should be available to all who desire it. By learning to understand each other we will communicate better, integrate faster and create a more capable and competitive economy,” said Spetsiotis. 

The Siyakhuluma Project is officially collaborating with the isiZulu discipline from the University of KZN’s Edgewood Campus. Lecturer and PH.D. candidate in Language Education (Pedagogy), Tholani Hlongwa, is working with The Siyakhuluma Project as her required community engagement project. Her PhD is focused on the development of the isiZulu 2nd language syllabus. Hlongwa who has been involved with the pilot course, currently teaches the adult isiZulu course twice a week in Durban North. Together with Spetsiotis, they are developing an adult isiZulu course that is KZN specific and focuses on practical language learning methods and techniques. 

Since the November 2014, The Siyakhuluma Project has grown significantly and currently offers and adult and children isiZulu courses in both the afternoon and morning in Durban North, Hillcrest, and Westville.