From the information you have provided it seems your son's difficulty is not due to a specific language, i.e. English or Afrikaans. His difficulty seems to stem from a problem with processing auditory information. Even though his hearing may be perfect, the brain still needs to interpret the information that comes through the ears; when a problem exists in this process some of the following symptoms can be seen:
1) difficulty remembering verbal instructions;
2) poor listening skills;
3) low academic performance;
4) behaviour problems;
5) difficulty with comprehension, spelling, reading and vocabulary.
An audiologist will be able to assist him further. To find one in your area please contact the South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association on 0861 113 297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best,
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