Historical Background The Dutch were the first European settlers on Cape of Good in 1652. Open a new tradecenter for the VOC.
British occupied Cape Town in 1795France wanted totake control over the land
• In 1815 Holland and Britain reached anagreement, and Cape Town was now officially owned by the British.
The Great Trek• A place where Dutch could stablish a homeland• Some of the causes were: - Problems between them and the Xhosas - Xhosas would steal the farmer’s cattle - Between 1823 and 1828 the government declared that Dutch language would be substituted with English language
Diamonds Diamonds were discovered first inHopetown in 1867 andlater on gold would be found in Kimberly.
Languages of South Africa• The formation of the Union of South Africa occurred in 1910 and it was only then when both languages, Dutch and English were declared official. But Dutch would be replaced with Afrikaans in 1925.
Distribution of IsiZulu Speakers -Apperared in the 16th century. -Writing of the language began in 19th. -Thomas Mofolo’s “Chaka” would be the first novel in IsiZulu literature.
Distribution of Afrikaans Spakers -Its roots come from Dutch but is also influenced by other languages such as German, French, Malay, P ortuguese and even some African languages. - Mainly spoken in the Cape Region.
English language in South Africa• Used for commerce and business.• Mandatory subject in schools.• Important to build a bridge of communication between people.• Spoke by other groups from different cultures living in South Africa.