On Monday, February 18, the Pan South African Language Board expressed concern at parents’ complaints about their children’s accent that manifested itself after watching the animated television series Peppa Pig.
The council noted that the parents should watch the way their children speak and pay attention to the British accent in their speech that young South Africans adopt after the characters of the popular animated series Peppa Pig.
The council was worried after many South African parents complained that their children were imitating the characters’ accent in their ordinary life.
“There is the perception that people have that if you have a better accent than the traditional African accent, that it is a sign of intelligence. That is not an indication of it. You can continue speaking in your African accent,” a Pan South African Language Board spokesperson said.