Welcome to the University Language Planning And Development Office 


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The University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPDO) was established consequent to the approval of the University Language Board. The ULPDO’s mandate is to operationalize the university’s language policy and plan, which was first enunciated in 2006 and revised in 2014. It is derived from, and is consistent with the country’s constitution, which impels government to develop previously disadvantaged indigenous official languages. Thus the UKZN language policy and plan is responsive to the constitutional imperative to achieve parity of esteem between all eleven official languages, and to use them in all spheres of life including (higher) education. The university’s language policy and plan recognizes the importance of language in teaching and learning, and the need to intellectualize African languages as articulated in its transformation charter, which states that it recognizes the importance and value of African languages as academic languages.

Vision of the ULPDO

To be the centre of excellence in the promotion, development and the scientification of indigenous languages with specific reference to isiZulu. 

Mission of the ULPDO

To embrace and foster functional bilingualism at the University of KwaZulu-Natal through the promotion of equitable use of the English language and isiZulu as provided for in the University Language Policy (2006). To achieve this, the office has set out the following objectives: 


  • To promote the development of isiZulu to be a language of administration, teaching and learning, research and innovation while accentuating the role of English as a primary academic language.
  • To promote, facilitate and oversee the adherence to the statutory provisions in the development of technical terminology in isiZulu.
  • To monitor and render quality translation, editing and interpreting services to the entire university community.
  • To develop an isiZulu National Corpus and isiZulu Term Bank as important reservoirs for the development of robust Human Language Technologies (HLT) and for posterity.

The University of KwaZulu Natal Language Policy

The University of KwaZulu-Natal identifies with the goals of South Africa’s multilingual language policy and seeks to be a key player in its successful implementation.The policy recognize the need to develop and promote proficiency in the official languages, particularly English and isiZulu. isiZulu | English

The University of KwaZulu Natal Language Plan.

The Language Plan guides the implementation goals to be achieved within each of the two phases. It also makes reference to the provision and monitoring of the budget and resources necessary for the implementation of the University’s Language Policy.The Language Plan is intended to assist in measuring progress made in the achievement of the goals of the Language Policy. isiZulu | English

Latest News
TOW 2022: isiZulu Terminology Development 

Celebrating 15 years of language policy


Latest Events
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Fifth seminar series 2020:
International Dictionary Day
Fifth seminar series 2020:
International Dictionary Day
Past events

Language Policy Celebration Colloquium
24-25 Feb 2022

International Mother Language Day
21 Feb 2022
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25th Time of a writer
14-21 Mar 2022

CoPAL Meeting
23 Mar 2022

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Contact the ULPDO

   +27 (0)31 260-1921/1873

 Ground Floor, Francis Stock Building,
 Howard College Campus,
 University of KwaZulu-Natal,
 Durban, 4041, South Africa

Activities of of the ULPDO include:

  • Terminology Development
  • Corpus Development
  • Human Language Technology Development
  • Language Training, Planning and Development
  • Interpreting, Translating and Editing

Our partners include:

Dept of Arts & Culture


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