SUZA seals pact with SA firm to promote Kiswahili language

13Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
SUZA seals pact with SA firm to promote Kiswahili language

THE State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) and the South African-based Tanzanite Sunset (Pty) Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on academic matters between them.

The parties of this collaboration which came into effect from May 28, this year agreed to develop collaborative activities in academic areas of mutual interest specifically in Kiswahili language.

According to a statement issued by SUZA yesterday, the parties agreed to partner in launching of the Kiswahili experience in South Africa which goes hand in hand with the promotion and introduction of Kiswahili language in various institutions in private, government, multinational organizations and individuals in South Africa.

They also agreed to partner in developing centre for Kiswahili language in South Africa, starting with language training, translation and interpretation services, as well as training of trainers program of Kiswahili for communication so that SUZA can have enough facilitators across the country, Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Africa at large.

They also agreed to have a joint publication of Articles that speak about the origin of Kiswahili and other matters related thereto, promoting teaching of Kiswahili language in higher learning institutions in South Africa through linking SUZA to the interested institutions.

SUZA Vice Chancellor Prof. Idris Rai signed the document on behalf of his university and Fay Shao, the founder of Tanzanite Sunset (Pty) Ltd for her institution will remain valid for five years.

The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) was established by Act No. 8 of 1999of the Zanzibar House of Representatives which became operational in 2001.

This Act has been reamended to suit the needs of the nation in academic issues; this has quickly placed SUZA among the icons of academic quality and excellence in the Eastern Africa region and now spreads its wings to other regions beyond.

The Tanzanite Sunset (Pty) Ltd is a company based in Pretoria, South Africa and registered under South African law.

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