Welcome to the University Language Planning And Development Office 

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

The 16th of June is commemorated in South Africa as the Youth
Day. It was sparked by the youth of 1976 who were marching
against the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in
schools across South Africa.
2021 International translation day: United In Translation - Read more

UKZN is involved in the BAQONDE project through ULPDO under the stewardship of Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning - Read more

The 16th of June is commemorated in South Africa as the Youth Day. It was sparked by youth of 1976 who were marching against the use of Afrikaans as a medium instruction in schools across South Africa - Read more

BAQONDE PROJECT: UKZN is collaborating with universities in South Africa and Europe to develop the boosting use of African Languages in Higher Education - Read more

UKZN Hosts International Translation Day Webinar - Read more

Dr Lolie Makhubu-Badenhorst appointed as the acting director for University Language Planning and Development Office - Read more

Latest Events
Upcoming events

4th Biennial Language Research Symposium
Call for abstract:
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Fifth seminar series 2020:
International Dictionary Day
Fifth seminar series 2020:
International Dictionary Day
Past events
South African Sign Language Awareness Webinar
22 Sept 2021:
SATI Colloquium
16 April 2021:

24th Time Of The Writer
15-21 March 2021:

Ukuvamisa book launching:

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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