Regulation 3 of the Use of Official Languages Act, Act No 12 of 2012 ("UOLA") requires the entities of the Department of Science and Technology to publish its proposed language policy in the Government Gazette for public comment before proceeding to publish its adopted language policy.
The purpose of the language policy is to provide a framework and guideline for communicating official documentation in at least three (3) official languages. It is the responsibility of the organisation to report against targets set for Government's UOLA.
The policy is intended to deal only with communication by the Agency in official documents and marketing material in at least three (3) official South African laguages and not to duplicate other policies and procedures. The languages identified for initial use are English, IsiZulu and Sepedi.