NOU DIE LAS: A Kwaitopedia of Afrikaans terms and phrases ko kasi*

Nou Die Las is the beginning of a long term project initiated by Keleketla! Library as part of the Aardklop Festival in 2017. It celebrates the depth and the innovative energy the township contributed to the development of Afrikaans.

South Africa’s history of oppression has understandably led to an antagonistic attitude towards Afrikaans. This singular narrative often excludes the many ways that people of colour have Originated, Influenced, Developed and therefore Contributed to the canon of South African language and by extension, kultuur.


Informed by both past and the present, Nou Die Las is a Communal exercise in Recollecting and Redefining words and phrases that speak to the Ingenuity and constant Evolution of the township Experience. Through the lens of language, and particularly Afrikaans’ role in Kwaito, Nou Die Las seeks to create an archive of Memory, Creation and self-Affirmation.   


Facilitated by Masello Motana, Vuyiswa Xekatwane and Kgomotso Neto Tleane, Nou Die Las is an opportunity to engage with the Community. As a Collaborative, Open source and Oral sensitive process, Nou Die Las is informed by an immediate exercise in communal linguistic archeology.


Nou Die Las is initiated by Rangoato Hlasane, Masello Motana, Kgomotso Neto Tleane and Vuyiswa Xekatwane.


2 to 7 October 2017

Aardklop Festival, North-West University, Potchefstroom campus

Free entry and participation



Interactive stuff happens here

About the facilitators


Masello Motana memory keeper/story-teller/ heritage practitioner/ all round tjatjarag recollector.

Kgomotso Neto Tleane is a Pedi Pantsula/thinks in pictures.

Vuyiswa Xekatwane is a Biko-black baconist with a passion for jazz and Black people.


*Kasi – Diminutive of lokasie>Afrikaans word for location otherwise*^ referred to as    
loxion/lekeishene/township: a state of mind
*^Otherwise- Common township greeting, questioning of a continual conversation

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