Jitsvinger brought the house down at the WAT's Woordpret on Friday 18 November. He recounted how he bagin rapping in Afrikaans and stressed the importance of knowing who you are. His career only took off once he started rapping in Afrikaans. Here he is with Cecile Brand, Hanelle Fourie Blair and Gerda Odendaal of the WAT.

Kabous Meiring, presenter of Prontuit on kykNET, with the Sponsor a Word certificate that they received from the WAT. The Prontuit team bought the Word “Prontuit” for R5 000. To view the full interview with Dr Willem Botha, chief executive director of the WAT, on Prontuit, click klik here (it is an MP4 video of 100 MB).

Karen Zoid is the new patron of Sponsor a Word. One participant can win a prize worth R25 000 from Sanlam. Everyone who sponsors a word gets free access to the online WAT for six months and if you buy a word exclusively for R5 000 you get access for five years. Respond to Karen's appeal and sponsor a word NOW: "Kom ons sit die skat terug in woordeskat. Borg 'n Woord! Myne is Republiek." Click HERE to participate.

 

Language practice students from the Soshanguve Campus of the Tshwane University of Technology visited Stellenbosch last week. The 273 students attended a lecture about the practical aspects of lexicography. Dr Willem Botha presented the lecture and Dr Gerda Odendaal provided technical support.

The Hennie Aucamp exhibition wall has been revealed recently in the library of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal.  The centre of the exhibition is a sketch of Aucamp by the artist Alex Emsley while the focus of a wall as a whole is on the the relationship between Aucamp and the WAT.  The designer Jenny Frost varied size, colour and texture attractively in the exhibition.  Prof. Lina Spies talked about Aucamp as person and artist and selectrions were performed from the US Woordfees production of Aucamp's cabaret Slegs vir Almal. In the photograph: Dr Willem Botha (editor-in-chief and executive director of the WAT), Rina (Aucamp's sister), Prof. Spies and Mari Naude (Rina's daughter).

The Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal has recently presented a concert with Elna van der Merwe and Zorada Temmingh as performing artists in the US Conservatorium as part of its 90th birthday festivities. The annual prize drawing of Sponsor a Word was done by this year's patron, Deon Meyer, and Mr Johan Holtzhausen, chairperson of the WAT Trust. Nanna van Niekerk from Bethal and Thomas West from Tennessee in the USA each won a prize of R25 000 from Sanlam. Mr West is a translator and speaks and writes Afrikaans fluently. Sponsor a Word continues and persons who take part will be included in the prize drawing in 2017. Full particulars are available at www.wat.co.za. Prof. Rufus Gouws, vice-chairperson of the Board of Directors, was the main speaker. From left to right in the photograph: Johan Holtzhausen, Deon Meyer, Marianne Vorster, Rufus and Ilse Gouws, Tersia Botha and Willem Botha, editor-in-chief and executive director.

Nanna van Niekerk (pictured on the left) from Bethal and Thomas West (pictured on the right) from Tennessee in the USA each won R25 000 from Sanlam in the prize drawing of Sponsor a Word on Saturday evening. Thomas West is a translator and therefore sponsored the word "vertaler" exclusively. Nanna sponsored the word "skitterend", as it is always her husband's reply when somebody asks how he is. Their reaction to the good news was:

Nanna
I am still stunned.  Thank you for the big prize.
Chris owns a civil construction company here in Bethal, and when he answers a telephone call, he always says: "dit gaan SKITTEREND" (things are BRILLIANT). Then I always think that he is a wonderful example to us all.  That is why I bought the word for him.  I never thought it would bring me so much luck.  I did not even know that I was entering a competion.  Thank you again.

Thomas
It is wonderful news!  I have never won a prize before in my life!
Perhaps I will be able to buy a ticket to South Africa with the money.  That would be very nice.  I wonder what the weather looks like there in winter.

Sponsor a Word continues, and people who sponsor a word now will qualify for next year's prize drawing.