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Language Family: Germanic
branch of Indo-European.
Location: South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia,
Related Languages: Dutch-Flemish.
Society of South Africa
"The LSSA is a specialist society for anyone interested in theoretical and
Language Association of Southern Africa
"ALASA has two main aims: 1) to promote interaction between researchers,
students and teachers of African languages and literature, and 2) to assist in
the promotion of research, language development and effective verbal and written
communication in a multilingual society, for example, in matters relating to
language planning and policy, education policy and liaison with other organisations
with similar interests."
Language and Culture Association
A cultural organization promoting the Afrikaans language.
Mega Resource Sites
Virtual Library - South Africa
From African Studies, Columbia University, with links to Conferences, Constitutional
Law and Human Rights, Culture and History, Economic Development, Environment,
Health, and Labor Education, Research Centers, and Universities, Electronic
Journals and Online News, General Web Pages, and the Internet Government,
Military and Foreign Policy, and Political Parties Libraries, Archives, and
Regional Countries Links - South Africa
Excellent Yahoo search engine links for countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
F R I K A A N S: Bevorder Afrikaans op die Internet
Requires SME for recommendation. Afrikaans Internet resources page.
Online Language Materials/Tutorials
Basic introduction to alphabet with collections of links to audio files and
language related websites.
From Yamada Language Center, University of Oregon.
Love Languages.com - Afrikaans
Collection of links to language and cultural websites.
Afrikaans within Minutes
Contains an introduction to the language; a key to the pronunciation of Afrikaans
words; and a collection of phrases. Suddenly, you're speaking Afrikaans!
Not really, but the material isn't bad.
- Afrikaans & Nedelands
Universiteit Stellenbosch Tallsentrum offers undergraduate, and MA, DLitt
Programs in Afrikaans and Dutch.
Lowlands-L offers collection of links to Afrikaans language resources.
English-Afrikaans Online Dictionaries
- Afrikaans On-line Dictionary
The database for this pair of dictionaries is from the freeware multilingual
program Ergane. It contains over 4,000 terms.
English, German Dictionary
Electronic online collection of dictionaries for travelers that goes from
Afrikaans as Source Language to Dutch, English, German as Target Languages.
Area Studies/Culture Sites
- South Africa
- A Country Study
Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes
sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and
Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary
Department of State Background Notes - South Africa
Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus
and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories
include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy,
Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.
World Factbook - South Africa
Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy,
Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.
News Country Profiles - South Africa
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic
background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media,
and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the
Resources on the Net - South Africa
Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country,
with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all
around the world.
- South Africa
"CountryWatch is a world leader in providing country specific geopolitical intelligence
on each of the 192 countries of the world." Basic information is free; deeper
resources require subscription.
- United Nations Homepage
Includes links to UN
NewsCenter, which includes headlines in latest developments in Peace
and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter,
Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.
Monetary Fund - South Africa
Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian
Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population,
Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.
- The World Bank Group
This site is undergoing construction problems; however preset links to WBG
Search - South Africa and South
Africa at a Glance function.
- The World Trade Organization
"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization
dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements,
negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified
in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters,
and importers conduct their business." Includes detailed information on
and Observers - .
Commercial Service - South Africa
" The Country Commercial Guides (CCG) are prepared by US Embassy Staff once
a year and contain information on the business and economic situation of foreign
countries and the political climate as it affects U.S. business."
Country Library - South Africa
From About: "TradePort is designed to be an easy-to-use tool offering one
place to go for comprehensive trade information,
trade leads, and company databases."
Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - South
From About: "The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by
Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy.
We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound
policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy
and its interaction with the economy and environment."
- Search South Africa
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) "is an independent
agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around
the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States."
- World Health Organization
- South Africa
About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized
agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set
out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest
possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state
of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence
of disease or infirmity."
Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - South
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the
world's largest humanitarian organisation, with 178 member
International - South Africa
is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity
with a given country's human rights issues can provide a
unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and
Rights Watch - South Africa
Human Rights Watch
is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around
the world. The "Info by Countries" link
on the homepage provides index to individual countries where
the organization finds abuses.
Planet Destinations - South Africa
The people at the
offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides
-- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their
goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead,
they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in
case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for
the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off
the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting
There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks. )
Media-Link: South Africa
The South African selections of this Media-Link Megasite connect you with
radio and television stations, newspapers
and magazines. Close to 80 links, not all in Afrikaans.
- South Africa
A solid collection of online newspapers in Afrikaans and English from this
print media megasite.
News - South Africa
Current and recent events news reports in English from a variety of sources.
RadioWorld - South Africa
About: "TvRadioWorld is an informational directory dealing with radio
and television broadcasters worldwide." Site allows you to bookmark
favorite radio stations for listening.