The role of Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India on the development of Afrikaans
Found some more useful information:
Bokaap – Malay Quarter in Cape Town The “Bo Kaap” or “Cape Malay Quarter” belongs to the culturally and historically most interesting parts of Cape Town.
Many of the inhabitants are decendants of the people from Indonesia (Batavia), Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia, who were captured in the 17th and 18th century and enslaved by the Dutch-East Indian Trading Company. Many were Mulims and others were converted to Islam by the Cape Muslim community.The Cape Malays and their religious leaders played an important role in the development of the language and culture of the Cape colony. The Afrikaans language evolved as a language of its own through a simplification of Dutch in order for the slaves to be able to communicate with the Dutch and amongst each others, since they all came from different countries and cultures. Educated Muslims were the first to write texts in Afrikaans.
(South Africa Travel)
Interesting info on the side
There are supposed to be about 100,000 speakers of the language in England (c.f. the
thread about “secret languages”!). There are a surprising number of people in England
with a connection to South Africa of one sort or another (even if they are not
Afrikaans speakers). I visited Cape Town and Paarl last year, and was surprised at the
evidence of Afrikaans there, having previously, and erroneously thought it to be a
traditionally English-speaking area. I couldn’t have been more wrong.