#OpenLine: Should people be offended when others don't learn their languages?

Themba, caller in Atteridgeville, says he is offended by fellow South Africans who do not want to learn his language and understand his lived experiences.

In South Africa it's okay to carry on without knowing the difference between Ntsangase and Ntshingila.

Themba, caller in Atteridgeville

My lived reality is that every day I have to step out of my reality to accommodate others.

Themba, caller in Atteridgeville

Other callers phoned in commenting on Themba's opinion.

Take a listen to the open line from 18min15seconds...


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
OPINION: Nikiwe Bikitsha reflects on what remains of the ANC in Lusaka

OPINION: Nikiwe Bikitsha reflects on what remains of the ANC in Lusaka

Journalist Nikiwe Bikitsha shares her experience of trying to find the old ANC headquarters in Lusaka recently.

Technobyte: A Dutch town adds pavement traffic signals

Technobyte: A Dutch town adds pavement traffic signals

We talk about the Protection of Personal Information Act, a Dutch town with pavement traffic signals and the future of languages.

Department of Education irons out plans to decolonise English curriculum

Department of Education irons out plans to decolonise English curriculum

The Department of Basic Education wants the curriculum to include more contemporary literature.

Afrikaans-speaking student res adamant "not exclusive"

Afrikaans-speaking student res adamant "not exclusive"

De Goede Hoop Koshuis coordinator insists this is not an 'apartheid' hostel and everyone is welcome if they meet the requirements.

WATCH: Spur bans man after heated spat caught on camera

WATCH: Spur bans man after heated spat caught on camera

A man has been banned from Spur after threatening a woman during a heated argument which was captured on video and has gone viral.

#OpenLine: Hlomla Dandala calls for new 'paradigm' to address race issues

#OpenLine: Hlomla Dandala calls for new 'paradigm' to address race issues

Hlomla Dandala phoned in on the Eusebius McKaiser show to weigh in on racism and racialism, and Eusebius disagrees with him.

Calling people illegal miners is unconstitutional - Oxfam SA

Calling people illegal miners is unconstitutional - Oxfam SA

Oxfam South Africa says government must decriminalise informal mining.

#OpenLine callers debate land question

#OpenLine callers debate land question

It all started with a call from Sanele a listener in Pretoria who said white people must return the land they stole.

 702 stands by decision to end interview with Social Development spokesperson

702 stands by decision to end interview with Social Development spokesperson

702 responds to the interaction between Breakfast Show host, Xolani Gwala, and Social Development spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant.

#OpenLine caller of the week: Language is used to dress up racism in SA

#OpenLine caller of the week: Language is used to dress up racism in SA

Caller Anthony, who is Greek and speaks five languages, says 'South Africans have been far too polite and accommodating'.

Cultural activist Neo Muyanga talks African languages, protest music and dance

Cultural activist Neo Muyanga talks African languages, protest music and dance

Muyanga rocks the #FridayStandIn and clearly hasn't forgotten all the radio skills he learnt as an EWN reporter over 20 years ago.

Redi Tlhabi: What was that thing?

Redi Tlhabi: What was that thing?

Against the backdrop of #SowetoAttacks, Redi Tlhabi gives a personal account of her childhood in a very different Soweto...

Popular articles
8 things you may not know about Jacques Pauw

8 things you may not know about Jacques Pauw

We thought we'd let you in on some facts about sought after, award-winning journo Jacques Pauw, author of The President's Keepers.

UCT students invent effective shower water-capturing device

UCT students invent effective shower water-capturing device

Shower Savvy is a Jerry can look-alike that one can stand on while taking a shower which stores up to 10 litres of grey water.

The President's Keepers: PDF version is tantamount to theft - Exclusive Books

The President's Keepers: PDF version is tantamount to theft - Exclusive Books

A PDF version of the book has been doing the rounds since Sars and the State Security Agency threatened legal action.

Falling out of love? Signs and stages of romantic disengagement

Falling out of love? Signs and stages of romantic disengagement

Can you love your partner, but no longer be in love with them? Dr Eve unravels stages of disaffection in romantic relationships.

Celibacy liberated me - Amanda Ndiki

Celibacy liberated me - Amanda Ndiki

Author Amanda Ndiki, celibate for 6 years describes her journey and how celibacy helped mend her sense of self.

Investing in increasingly wealthy Mauritius (Africa’s most functional democracy)

Investing in increasingly wealthy Mauritius (Africa’s most functional democracy)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Nikiwe Bikitsha, who is on a fact-finding mission in Mauritius courtesy of Standard Bank.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?