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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Bilingualism in S. Africa Monday, January 15, 1973 THE ItTHMIDOE HEKAID ]f JOHANNESBURG. South Ai- rica CAP) An official govern- ment order has many hotel em- ployees tripping over their tongues in an effort to keep their jobs. The government has decreed that all hotel workers who deal with the public muit do so in both English and the country's two official lan- guages. Bilingualism. however, has proved so diliicult for 50 many of those affected that the gov- ernment already has had to ex- lend the deadline for mandatory fluency in both tongues. Hotel. staff now have until April 1. an i extra two months, to brush up their vocabulary. The order last November by Justice Minister Peirus C. Pel- ser was largely directed at those who speak only English. He has ruled that hotel em-: ployees must carry a statement from a magistrate certifying then- bilingualism. MAY AFFECT PRICES But some hoteliers believe bilingualisra will breed- inflation and poor service. Arnold Burke, president cf the Hotel Operators Association. deplores the order, and says: "I fear the government vail end up making criminals of re- spected FAILED TEST Australian Paul New'nouse.; who works in a hotel in Durban, found himself drtpted when he attempted the fiuecn- test (or the toneue-rwistma Afrikaans. He failed the test or, ire Afri- kaans words mstras and mat-. rcos, rr.eanine mattress and sailor, respectively. Some hotels reprri that other-: wise competent emitting, victims of the bill- nrualism edict. Basically, the ianeaaee au'es- tv- is n between South Afri-a's- two v.-'iitc EreHsh ard Afrika- ners. Airiksans is spoken only on the so-jthem tio Africa. Its origin mainly is al- thoush say it now is closer AHkaans started evo'vma before the trek of pioneer Dutch settlers from ths> coast irfo the Ltierior in the century. It absorbed tribal a.nd other vords and become the of Beer frontiersmen. Approved as the second language -n schools in 1914. Afrikaans be-1 came South Africa's second offi- j cial language in 1925. Although there never has been language riots in South Afrca as in Belgium cr India, English speakers appear touchy I about being ordered to "praat I r'te taal." or speak the language in Afrikaans. L'.S. army streamlines WASHINGTON (AP) The army unveiled today a major streamlining of its command structure to improve reacoiess and efficiency, cut military and civilian manpower by and save about SI billion over five years. j Tne army said its reorganiia-1 tion, first in 11 years, "is de- signed to improve readiness, training, the material and equipment acquisition process, the quality and responsiveness j of maragement and bsier sup- port for the soldier It said no bases around the j country will be closed, but some j mil be' reduced in scope. i The moves will result, among j o'Jier things, in a 10-per-cent re-1 duction in tie army staff at the Pentagon and a small cut in the number of generals. A total of 813 military and ti- j vilinn jobs will bs cut from the headquarters staff aad another I 1.9S6 will be transferred to j other commands or field agencies. i The Army estimated the bulk of the plan will be in full force j within 12 months. i I.INGUSTIC TALENT WINNIPEG (CP> Premier Ed Schreyer welcomed guests. a; ihe annual convention of the National Fanners Union re- cently, in five languages. After the greetings be said he wanted to "Lake advantage of every op-: portunity towards the susie- nance and greater sccommoda-. tion of the cultural and linguis-' ric diversity that is our coun- trv." Non-Quebec Frenchmen ensure Canada's differejice TORONTO (CP) The ens- should be recognized tence of more than one million I courts in Canada." French-speaking Canadians out- j More than 50 years had gone side the province of Quebec "is j by since the death of Sir Wilfrid a guarantee that Canada will be Laurier. different as long as they are j DOUBTS UNFOUNDED allowed to envelop their possi- m hard (or and explain their po'.icies to the heartbeat anu genera, botly re- his whpllerer he average voters were blamed actions The initial tcsis he mar-? in Churchill and more advanced studies bo ui-dertaken a; the University of whc'.i the machine'and the bear are an understanding of the taken there inte >oar bear'5 nccds in n cnaJ1S- The is being financed inS ennronnieni. by the C3n-..1ir.n Asso-. elation which is interested in a" study of the animal's metabol- ism and the effect the environ- ment has on it. EXPFRT ON BEAKS poste: to lac. Saturday by Senator Richard The treadmill cos: about 510.- Stanbury as one of the reasons 000 to produce, monev the irild- Ior government's iifc association hopes will help minority posilici-.. isL Senator Stanbury. president j of the national Liberal party. was speaking during the anual meeting of the Toronto and Dis- trict Liberal Association. "We have much to repair. We Housing lottory 'have almost let Liberalism txs 1 come a dirty word." TOKYO i AP) The city T h o P r'o R r c s s i v e Con- The association invited Dr Orilsiard to undcrtako the slii.1- ies since he is reputed to know the buyers by loltery. Prices of government offered 10.1 np-iit-1 scrvntivos still are riding high, for sa'e and received he said, on the sincere belief of applic.rJons. It decided Westerners that Alvin is the only one who can soil more about Ihe polar than Ihc' apartments ranged from their wheat "in spile of '.he fact anyone else. sa.fuo to S2S.457, about M per I Ihnl under Otto Lang more than The Cambndf e firm was en- cent cheaper than apartments I three times ns much hns been gaged to construct the trealmill sold by private companies. sold." He added that old-age pensio- ners still look to former prime minister John Diefenbaker as their savior, despite the they have received from the Liberal "We have some ministers who believe that good will out and it is someltow dirty to get out and Sena- tor Stanbury said. Among ministers attending the meeting were.: Mitchell Sh.irp. external affairs minister; Donald Macdonald. minister of energy, mines and resources: Robert Sanbury, revenue minister; Alastalr Gil- i lespie. industry, trade and com- j morce minister: and Minister of j Stale Suinlcy Ilaidnsr. i Mr. Hamilton was o former j Conservative ngricullure minis- ter. Justice Minister Long is rc- yponslblc for the whejit board. Special Government Telecast TOMORROW Tuesday. January 16 An official message of great interest to hone owners, renters EZQ farmers from Premier Peter Lougheed with The Hon. David J. Russell Minister of Municipal and Mr. Roy A. Farran Chairman Government M.L.A. Task Force on Provincial Municipal Fiscal Arrangements be telecast from to Watch your local TV channel Calgary: CFAC-TT, CFCX-TY Edmonton: CFRX-TY Lethbridge: CJOC-TV Lloydminster: CKSA-TV Medicine Hat: CHAT-TV Red Deer: CKRD-TV INOT6: TO MEDICINE HAT) ;