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…

What makes a good interpreter?

The professionalism and standards of the interpreting industry in South Africa have been under heavy scrutiny in recent times. The antics of the now infamous sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service and the dismal quality of interpreting in the Oscar Pistorius trial have illustrated the obvious problems presented by poor interpreting services. Achieving excellence…

Translating the Rainbow Nation

South Africa has fast become known as ‘the Rainbow Nation’ for the diverse array of races and ethnic groups are found among the country’s citizens. – http://www.southafrica.com/translation/ One way in which the country stands out is by its adoption of eleven official languages. New governmental powers saw the need to allow all major ethnic groups in…