PVV in the Netherlands is concerned about changing of Afrikaans place names in South Africa

Thursday, December 29, 2011

From here in Afrikaans about five days ago, the article is about a small dustup in the lower house in the Netherlands between the foreign minister of the ruling party (Uri Rosenthal) and a member of parliament for the PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid) named Martin Bosma on whether the Netherlands should support its sister language Afrikaans, and especially when it comes to place names such as Pretoria, which was recently kind of demoted from a full city to a part of a city, called Tshwane. For details on that, see here.

According to Bosma, Pretoria is the "big prize" in changing place names that are in Afrikaans.

The response from the foreign minister that this is a South African and not Dutch concern is really the only real response a minister can give as one sovereign nation speaking about another one has no jurisdiction over, but the discussion of what sort of supportive role the Netherlands should have of Afrikaans (if any) is one worth having.


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