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UBuntu Bridge’s School Language learning – SAPA Speech and Slides

I gave this speech to the South Africa Principal’s Association back in 2013. Greeting Hello everyone, Goeie Middag.  Molweni.  Ninjani?  Ndiyaphila.   NguCraig igama lam.  NguCharnock ifani yam.  Ningandibiza Makhosi. Ndiyavuya kakhulu ukunibona apha namhlanje.    Kodwa ke ndizakuthetha isilungu ngoku kuba baninzi abazundiqonda! Uyabo? (Hi everyone, how are you?  I’m good. Craig is my first […]


Street Xhosa Stickers Intervention

As you know here at Ubuntu-Bridge, we are passionate about using languages to bridge the numerous gaps between people and communities, so we hosted an intervention as part of the 100in1day Cape Town initiative centered on encouraging people to learn Xhosa. We designed and printed dual Xhosa and English stickers containing useful everyday phrases  and […]


Talking Heads

Talking heads talk (full version) – 20 April 2013 I was recently invited to speak at the Africa Centre’s Talking Heads evening, during which I got to share my thoughts for 20 minutes with three groups of 3 people, and invite discussion around the topic.  The opportunity allowed me to hone some of the thoughts […]


Kaos Pilots Intro to Xhosa Culture and Language Workshop Video

An amazing organisation called the Kaos Pilots form Denmark, recently spent 3 months in Cape Town on an ‘Outpost’.  For more on what they did and do, see here: But they basically dropped a love bomb on the city of Cape Town. When the Pilots first arrived, I gave a brief Intro […]


White youth bringing hope through Xhosa – article from a Westerford high school Xhosa student

 To see the context to this letter, please see previous blog post here….. Ndithetha kancinci kuba ndingumlungu           Stewart S… Being English and Afrikaans in the Western Cape, communicating in my home language is no big deal. Without exception, if I interact with someone whose first language is isiXhosa, the conversation takes place in either […]


UBuntu Bridge Corporate Clients 2013 – Xhosa

We are very happy to make the following announcement: Congratulations and thanks to National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and the City of Cape Town for choosing UBuntu Bridge as their preferred Conversational Xhosa training providers. We will be training over 60 councillors from the COCT in the CBD, and 13 delegates from NHBRC in […]


UBuntu Bridge Mandela Day Community Event 2012 Video

 On 18 July, 2012, Madiba’s 94th birthday, UBuntu Bridge organised a community day with a difference in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, a.k.a. Mandela Park. With a focus on Xhosa language learning for the volunteers, we then spent time with the kids from Ikhaya Lethemba creche planting trees, doing yoga, reading practice and finally singing Happy […]


TEDxCapeTownED – Craig Charnock – Language Learning: Bridge to a Better World (12 min)

On June 16, 2012, Youth Day, Craigieji spoke at the TEDx conference on Education, which took place at Ratanga Junction.  Other speakers included Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Prof Tim Noakes, Soli Philander, John Gilmour, amongst many other awesome speakers, mostly in the education field, or otherwise highly relevant.  Please see the full list here:  It […]