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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Language of the Law

Forensic Linguistics, a relatively new academic discipline in South Africa, plays a valuable role in interpreting evidence in a legal context.

Much like ballistic experts, Forensic Linguists may be called upon in court cases to provide linguistic analysis of legal matters, an especially relevant skill in the South African context with its 11 official languages and English being the official language of the legal system.

Fundani academic, Prof Monwabisi Ralarala, supported by the Unit for Applied Law under the leadership of Advocate Noleen Leach, has co-edited (with Prof Russell Kaschula and Prof Georgina Heydon) and published a groundbreaking new book.

New Frontiers in Forensic Linguistics: Themes and Perspective in Language and the Law in Africa and beyond, examines the challenges and offers viable solutions to issues related to language and the law, with particular emphasis on the protection of marginalised African languages.

Senior Lecturer in English Studies at UKZN, Dr Thulani Mkhize, critically reviewed the book and described it as the ‘seminal text in the field’.

“It is excellent that the Paralegal students get the benefit of the book,” she said.

“Other disciplines should take their lead like medicine in respect of the provision of quality healthcare. Linguistic diversity is a resource not a challenge,” she said.

Ralarala says the book explores international forensic linguistic examples, which emerge in Australia as well as the challenges faced by Aboriginal people when embroiled in criminal activities.

New Frontiers in Forensic Linguistics is on sale at African Sun Media and retails for R 380.

Read this Conversation Africa piece on the topic of Forensic Linguistics.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Top Designer inspires students

Designer Laduma Ngxokolo, who is making waves internationally with his uniquely South African designs, recently shared his incredible road to success story with Design students. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Women's Day celebrated

CPUT’s phenomenal women came out in their numbers to celebrate Women’s Day with a 2.5 km fun run/walk on the Bellville campus. 

Hundreds of students attended the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences’ annual Diversity Seminar to discuss gender diversity and inclusion.

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

Walk for Women's Day

Female staff members are invited to join in a 2.5 km fun run/walk this Thursday to celebrate Women’s Day at CPUT.

CPUT’s own two-times Comrades finisher Morakane Khahledi will set the pace for the race, which will take place at the Bellville campus.

It will start at 11 am at the outdoor gym (next to MGR1 ) and will be followed by a lively Zumba class in the Sports Hall.

Female staff members who want to enter the race must RSVP via email.

Finishers will receive a healthy lunch and a special gift. To qualify for this participants have to collect two armbands during the race.

Participants can also look forward to lucky draws on the day.

Monday, 05 August 2019

For the love of running

A healthy mind needs to be complimented by an equally healthy body. This is the philosophy by which two times Comrades runner Morakane Khahledi runs her family and life.

Khahledi was running casual 5km and 10km runs since 2009 but after her two babies were born she decided to take her pastime more seriously. To date, she has completed the ultimate endurance race, The Comrades, on both the down and up run. And she does it all in her unique stride.

“I am not a fast runner but I what I do have is endurance,” she says.

“I don’t care about personal best times or beating anyone else. For me running is my therapy, I talk to myself during runs and I work on things that are bothering me. If I feel like I’m not ok I go for a quick 5km and I return refreshed and rejuvenated,” she says.

The Civil Engineering lecturer fits most of her running training in between the inhospitable hours of 3:30am and 5am in the lead up to big races. Together with her husband, who is also a road runner, they join their In Touch running club teammates for their early morning sessions.

“That way my run is done for the day and I haven’t taken any time away from my children because they are still asleep, with the nanny looking after them,” she says.

Morakane encourages women to prioritise their own health and wellbeing alongside working on their family lives and careers.

“Your career and health need to work together, if you are not fine socially it affects your career and vica versa,” she says.   

Khahledi will be participating in CPUT Women’s Day event on Thursday 8 August.


Public Relations Management students were in for a treat when they attended a guest lecture by representatives from one of the world’s largest snacks companies.