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SABC radio to save 2 San tongues

South African pubcaster preserves heritage of the Bushmen

JOHANNESBERG — South African pubcaster SABC has launched a radio station in a bid to prevent the demise of two ancient San, or Bushman, languages.

The radio station will broadcast 12 hours a day in the !Xu and Khwe languages and will serve the San people of Schmidtsdrif, in Northern Cape province.

The SABC spent 700,000 rand ($100,000) on the project — housed in a shipping container — including the training of four San radio presenters.

“There was a serious threat that these languages were going to die out,” said SABC spokeswoman Alet Bensch. “We are very confident that the service being launched (last Friday) will prevent that.”

Station, which will broadcast in a radius of about 31 miles, will carry news, music and stories of the San culture.

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