Boost for local languages as Shona, Ndebele Highway code is launched

by | Jul 21, 2022 | Latest, Local News | 0 comments

Mako Jerera

Prospective driver’s licence holders will now be allowed to take their provisional licence tests in languages they are more familiar with as government takes steps to finalise the translation of the Highway Code into all the country’s 16 official languages.

In an effort to promote inclusivity and in line with President Mnangagwa’s mantra of not leaving anyone and any place behind, government has translated and printed the Highway code in Shona and Ndebele.

This was revealed by Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere, during yesterday’s Post Cabinet briefing.

“No one will henceforth be hindered studying the Highway Code and subsequently acquiring a driver’s licence due to language barrier. Electronic learners licence tests will be available in Shona and Ndebele within the next few months,”he said.

Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Felix Mhona told Parliament last April that the new licensing system would also be extended to a partial format to cater for the illiterate.

Minister Mhona said the task to translate the Highway Code was contracted to the Midlands State University, which has now completed the process for roll out.

Meanwhile, preparations for this year’s Heroes Day and Zimbabwe Defence Forces day celebrations have commenced, with both events set to be held in Harare.

Heroes Day commemorations will be held on August 8 , the main venue being the National Heroes Acre. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day will be held the following day at the same venue.