Carstens new chairman of SA Academy
A seasoned linguist of the North-West niversity’s Potchefstroom Campus is the new chairman of the SA Academy for Science and Art.
Prof Wannie Carstens, director of the School of Languages and currently chairman of the Afrikaanse Taalraad (ATR), has just been appointed for a three-year term.
Carstens has been a member of the Academy since 1992 and has served on the Board of the SA Academy since 2001. He is actively involved in language circles and serves Afrikaans in a number of capacities. He is also chairman of the Nasionale Taalliggaam vir Afrikaans of PanSAT, member of the Board of Directors of the Bureau of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (WAT) at Stellenbosch and member of the advisory council of the Afrikaans Language Museum and Language Monument in the Paarl.
Carstens was a member of the Language Commission of the SA Academy for a long time and is, in this regard, co-author of the ninth edition of the Afrikaanse Woordelys en Spelreëls (2002).
Another feather in his hat is that he is co-recipient of the CJ Langenhoven award for Language Science of the SA Academy for his contribution to the Afrikaanse Woordelys en Spelreëls.
Carstens is a graded researcher of the National Research Foundation and is also the author of a number of books. He has just published a new book on text editing in Afrikaans.
According to preliminary feedback, it would seem that he is the first chairman of the SA Academy that comes from Potchefstroom.
Two other members of the NWU-Puk also serve on the Board of the Academy: Profs Amanda Lourens, vice rector Research and Planning as well as Ewert Kleynhans of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.
Published by Kiewiet Scheppel on 21 July 2011.