Hundreds of people thronged ZBC’s Montrose Studios in Bulawayo to take part in the ‘Ndau’, ‘Xhosa’, ‘Kalanga’ and ‘Chichangani’ languages auditions.

The languages will be part of television news bulletins at the national broadcaster.

The colonial administration divided Africans into the Ndebele and Shona linguistic groups giving rise to Matabeleland and Mashonaland, names that grouped all other linguistic groups under Ndebele and Shona.

The national broadcaster, ZBC, broke new ground last year in September when it introduced four languages on news namely ‘Venda’, ‘Tonga’, ‘Nambya’ and ‘Sotho’ as a means of promoting other languages that had been suppressed before independence in 1980.

ZBC has since introduced four more minority languages namely ‘Ndau’, ‘Kalanga’, ‘Xhosa’ and ‘Tshangani’ on television news with the auditions for the TV presenters attracting hundreds of people at Montrose Studios.

The auditions were carried out by ZBC staff who were ably assisted by experts in the different languages.

The languages experts paid gratitude to the national broadcaster for coming up with the initiative to promote minority languages.

ZBC is aiming to be the leader in the promotion of all national languages.