The launch of the television news bulletins for nine languages by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)has been described as a historic moment which is set to change the face of communication in the country.
Language is defined as the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way.
It does much more than communicate messages, ideas, desires, feelings, joys, knowledge and information but it is a repository of our experiences as a people down the ages in various locals of our existence on the planet.
In a bid to fulfill the stipulations of the constitution the national broadcaster, ZBC on Sunday introduced in the television news bulletins five languages namely chewa, ndau, kalanga, xhosa and chichangani.
Venda, nambya, sotho and tonga news were introduced in September last year bringing to 13 the number of languages that ZBC is now broadcasting news in.
Chiefs who attended the colourful ceremony held at the Montrose Studios in Bulawayo hailed the recognition of the previously marginalised languages saying this will go a long way in decolonising the minds of the locals.
Chief Jahana Khumalo of Fort Rixon Makhandeni said language is an important tool in the teaching of African culture which was now faced with erosion due to the unavailability of the different languages on the main stream media.
Chief Hobodo who hails from Mangwe district also concurred with Chief Khumalo adding that school children stand to benefit a lot from having the different languages on television as they will get to appreciate the diversity of Zimbabwe’s rich culture.
Chief Wange from Hwange district who spoke during the launch said the colonial masters did not want people to use their different languages as it gave them their identity but the launch by ZBC will help reverse the notion.
The national broadcaster also revealed the three remaining languages chibarwe, tswana and khoisan will soon be included in the news bulletins while current affairs and local content programming will also, in the nearest future, adopt the various languages.