Jargon or Genuine – The Use of South African Languages in Election Campaigns

It is estimated that more than 25 million South Africans are registered to vote in the 2014 elections. The parties involved are pulling out all the stops to reach as many diverse voters as possible. There have been rallies, debates, interviews, campaign posters and television adverts, with much difficulty for some parties (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-04-28-da-launches-new-election-ad-eff-marches-over-sabc-ban), all with…

My First Two Weeks, An Intern’s Eye View

This April we at Bangula have another talented new addition to our team: our new language and translation intern, Lorraine Shabangu. Lorraine is training in the Bangula office, lending her South African language expertise to a variety of language, translation and editing briefs. Take a look through Lorraine’s eyes at the first two weeks of her experience with us.…

Poor interpreting, no laughing matter

Two tragic events have placed South Africa at the centre of global attention recently.  The first and most monumental of these being the passing of global icon and heroic freedom fighter, Tata Nelson Mandela. The second and most recent event to put South Africa in the spotlight? The tragic death of Reeva Steenkamp and the…

The value of an in-depth quality control process

What was my next step? Is there still a need for what I am offering? How will I find out? How do I keep track of this? A quality control process essentially guarantees that the expectations of a project are met or better yet exceeded and the requirements are duly achieved. An in-depth quality control…

The Future of Language Agencies in South Africa

Language agencies in South Africa experienced a whirlwind growth spurt over the last decade. The biggest reason for this: A steady supply of volumes of educational publishing work. Periodic curriculum changes meant there was enough writing, editing, translation and proofreading work to fuel the growth of a myriad of agencies, big and small. As 2014…

Happy New Year and welcome to 2014!

Here at Bangula we’re excited to get the year off to a bang! We spent 2013 planning, strategising, pouring over whiteboards covering our office walls and brainstorming the best ways to help you ‘Bangula’ 2014. We have much to be excited about this year. We’ve gained a few big clients and we are all set…

What Makes a Good Translator?

At Bangula we are proud of our high quality translation work. Work we would not be able to complete without a talented team of great translators. After 12 years in the industry we’ve put together a little list of what makes a great translator. We use these criteria to select our freelancers and if you’re…

David and Goliath – the battle of the small business

At Bangula we have weathered the storms of 10 years in the small business and entrepreneurial sector of the South African economy. In 2003 we began with two entrepreneurs. Han and her first partner combined their South African language, translation and editing skills to form a small business.  Since then Bangula has grown from strength to…

Happy Spring Day (Newsletter archives 2)

3 months ago we put together the first Bangula Newsletter. Filled with intriguing blog articles on language, branding and media straight to your mailbox. We also threw in language facts, branding news, opinions on some of our favourite articles and some funnies – to great reception! After all our positives reviews we’re releasing our newsletter as…

Our first Newsletter (Newsletter archives 1)

3 months ago we put together the first Bangula Newsletter. Filled with intriguing blog articles on language, branding and media straight to your mailbox. We also threw in language facts, branding news, opinions on some of our favourite articles and some funnies – to great reception! After all our positives reviews we’re releasing our newsletter as…