English: Afrikaans, as one of the 11 official languages of South Africa, finds itself in a unique
position, facing many challenges. This overview of the history and events that lead
to this position endeavours to gain insight into the current position of Afrikaans.
Currently the literature lacks such an updated contribution. It appears that the challenges
of a multilingual South-Africa are not new or unique to Afrikaans, except for
the consequences of apartheid. Despite this legacy, Afrikaans can make a significant
contribution to the further development of a multilingual South Africa. Research
into the day-to-day experience of Afrikaans-speaking people in a multilingual South
Africa is needed to exploit this potential.