Thursday 3 March 2016
By: Mike Jansen
As admin of this website as well as all our FaceBook properties I get to read a lot of comments. While most are positive, of course there are also some negative comments. In the Comments section of a recent post, someone complained that Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell should not speak in Afrikaans during the half-time huddle during matches.
Now, this may seem like a negative comment given all the upheaval the issue of language (medium of instruction) is causing on South African university campuses. Far from it.
As Xola Ntsinga explains in the video below, during the recent Sydney Sevens, the BlitzBokke team was a collection of players who, amongst them, speak four of the country’s eleven official languages: English, isiZulu, Sesotho and Afrikaans.
I stand to be corrected, but I don’t think coach Neil can speak all four those languages. While his mother-tongue is, in fact Afrikaans, Powell has a very specific reason why he insists on (mostly) Afrikaans during the half-time huddle.
Xola and team manager Ashley Evert explains: