Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns is a multidisciplinary organisation that promotes science, technology and the arts, as well as the promotion of the use and quality of Afrikaans. The Akademie was established in 1909 – originally to develop the language of the Netherlands (including Afrikaans) in literature, art, history and archaeology. Today it is an organisation with strong international footprints and it attracts members from business, banking, law, engineering, auditors, clinicians, medical specialists, natural sciences, linguistics, education and the arts. Membership is by invitation.
Die SA Akademie is well-known for awarding the renowned annual Herzog prize, the Stals prize and the N.P. Van Wyk Louw medal, along with several other scientific awards. Several subject dictionaries and terminology lists have been developed and published by members of the Akademie.
“I look forward to working with prof Pienaar and the rest of the Council members to promote the development of the sciences and the arts in South Africa. I am especially excited about the digital development of Afrikaans and building broad international platforms to support Afrikaans”, says prof Eloff. “Hopefully, we will see similar initiatives for the development of other indigenous languages in South Africa soon”.
Prof Wessel Pienaar, from the Department of Logistics at Stellenbosch, was elected as Chairperson.