- President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for South Africans to close the racial and cultural gaps in the country
- Ramaphosa suggested that citizens should attempt to learn a new official language
- This comes as the nation prepares to celebrate the Day of Reconciliation on Wednesday
President Cyril Ramaphosa has put forward a suggestion as to how South Africans can reach out over the racial and cultural gaps that exist in the country.
In his weekly letter to the nation, Ramaphosa suggested that learning a new local language could help achieve 'cross-cultural understanding':
“On this Reconciliation Day, I call on each of our citizens to think of the simple things they could do to reach out across the racial divide in their everyday lives. One way of doing this is to learn another South African language.”
The President acknowledged that the first step towards transformation may not be an easy one, but highlighted that learning another language may provide some insight into alternative points of view held by people from different backgrounds.
“By trying to learn the language of your friend, your colleague, your neighbour, or the people you interact with daily in public places, you go beyond just demonstrating cross-cultural understanding. You open up the space for real communication. We need to find ways to reach beyond our social and professional circles, to appreciate other people’s points of view.”
Ramaphosa explained that this was a suggestion for citizens who were perhaps unsure what they could do in an effort to achieve reconciliation:
“Reconciliation is a weighty concept, and there may be many who are unsure as to what they can actually do to advance racial reconciliation. We may feel reticent to take the first step or to reach out, for fear of being judged or even rejected.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address South Africans on Monday evening.
This comes after the nation recorded an increase in Covid-19 infections, which experts have labelled as the second wave.
Ramaphosa will be providing insight into the government's plan to combat the pandemic that remains a pressing issue in the country.
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