South Africa Department of Basic Education (DBE) rolls out Kiswahili as an optional language in the curriculum in a pilot 90 schools.
Moreover, Kiswahili will be among other optional languages such as French, German, and Mandarin.
Furthermore, Kiswahili becomes the first African language outside South Africa included in the official curriculum.
In addition, Kiswahili introduction provides job opportunities for Kiswahili teachers from East African bloc especially Kenya and Tanzania.
Kiswahili is an official language of the African Union and used predominantly across East Africa and parts of Central Africa. It has about 100 to 200 million speakers across East and Southern Africa.
Moreover, the South African Development Community plans to adopt Kiswahili in its 16 member states to create a unified economy and promote cross border trade.