Sesotho wordsmith, Dr Kgotso Pieter David Maphalla, was recently honoured by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLAR) in recognition of his passion for the written word.
The 64-year-old Free State-born author has written over 70 books during a career of over 40 years. Dr Maphalla also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of the Free State (UFS).
The Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation congratulated Dr Maphalla on the well-deserved recognition for his sterling work as a veteran writer.
”Young and future generations must be encouraged to study his work and emulate him in seeking to develop and promote the Sesotho language. Some of his books, such as Kabelwamanong, Botsang Lebitla and Tahleho, have been included in the school curriculum, thus contributing richly towards the preservation of the Sesotho language in schools,” said MEC, Mathabo Leeto.
SADiLAR is holding countrywide events to celebrate each of our indigenous languages and honour iconic writers as part of 2019 being declared as the International Year of Indigenous Languages by the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). – Seithati Semenokane