The Pan South African Language Board was established by parliament (Act 59 of 1995, amended by Act 10 of 1999) to:
-Develop the 11 official languages, and
-Promote multilingualism in South Africa
-The constitution makes reference to the establishment of PanSALB in Section 6 when describing language rights. The PanSALB Act mandates that it initiate studies and research aimed at promoting and creating conditions for the development of all 11 official languages, plus the Khoe, San and South African sign language.
The Board is Board approaches its language development strategies through the following focus areas:
-Status Language Planning
-Language in Education
-Translation and Interpreting
-Lexicography, Terminology and Place names
-Development of Literature and Previously Marginalised Languages
-Language Rights and Mediation
PanSALB is mandated by law to investigate complaints about language rights violations from any individual, organisation or institution. PanSALB conducts hearings at which complainants and respondents are present, and depending on its findings may recommend steps to be taken by the department or institution concerned.
To learn more about them visit: https://www.pansalb.org/