Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: South Africa (Suid Afrika)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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Assistive living devices

(2003, July 17). ICASA calls for telecoms equipment for disabled. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has called on inventors and suppliers of products that allow disabled people access to telecommunications equipment to apply to the regulator in order to approve the equipment.

Deaf advocacy and politics

Deaf rights in South Africa. Download article at this site. Requires Acrobat Reader.



Deaf culture

Monaghan, L, Nakamura, K., Schmaling, C. & Turner, G. H. (Eds.) (May 2003). Many ways to be Deaf: International variation in Deaf communities. Twenty-four international scholars have contributed their findings from studying Deaf communities in Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Russia, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil, Nicaragua, and the United States. Sixteen chapters consider the various antecedents of each country1s native signed language, taking into account the historical background for their development and also the effects of foreign influences and changes in philosophies by the larger, dominant hearing societies. ISBN 1-56368-135-8

World Deaf directory - South Africa.

Deaf education


stained glass ballRadebe, E. T. Kamagugu Primary School: Inclusive and multi-lingual. The main objective of any education system in a democratic society is to provide quality education for all learners so that they will be able to reach their full potential and will be able to meaningfully contribute to and participate in that society throughout their lives. The responsibility of the education system to develop and sustain such learning is premised on the recognition that education is a fundamental right which extends equally to all learners. Exercising this responsibility involved ensuring that the education system creates equal opportunities for effective learning by all learners.

Deaf health

Help Me Hear.

Deaf history and current events


Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.

Deaf performing arts

stained glass bulletMdagane, B. (August 7, 2006). Comedy now comes in sign language. SABC3's DTV programme is airing the world's first deaf sitcom. Rex's Club, a comedy series, was launched at the Postmasters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, recently. The production crew and cast members are all deaf. "As a human being you keep on dreaming, and really it has been my dream and ambition to have a whole crew of deaf people in the production," said Louise van Niekerk of the New Production Corporation.

Deaf sports & recreation


Notation systems (written and visual representations of Sign Languages)

SignWriting in South Africa.


stained glass ballAfrican organizations for Deafblind people.

DEAFSA.national flag

Kwa Zulu Natal Deaf Association.

Religion & Deafness

Broesterhuizen M. (Ed.). (2003, May 19).The Gospel preached by the Deaf: Proceedings of a conference on Deaf liberation theology held at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). ISBN: 978-90-429-1854-2. This book contains the proceedings of a conference on Deaf Liberation Theology that took place at the Catholic University of Leuven. Four Deaf persons, rooted in the Deaf community and professionally involved in Deaf pastoral ministry, Thomas Coughlin (USA), Cyril Axelrod (South Africa), Peter McDonough (UK), and Beth Lockard (USA), relate their views on and experiences with shepherding Deaf communities as social-cultural minority groups within the hearing Church, and their efforts to enculturate the Christian message, which often looks so typically hearing in Deaf eyes, in Deaf cultures.


South African Sign Language


-->International bibliography of sign language. --> Click on "S", then on "South African Sign Language".

South African Sign Language: A language of South Africa.

South African Sign Language dictionaries

Bar-Tzur, D. Indigenous signs for cities: South Africa.

-->International bibliography of sign language. --> Click on "S", then on "South African Sign Language dictionary".