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…

The benefits of outsourcing language services to agencies

If a business needs language services (copywriting, overwriting, editing, translation and proofreading) and document design services (graphic design and typesetting), it can follow one of three routes. Route 1: Take care of its requirements in house Route 2: Outsource its requirements to individual freelance service providers Route 3: Outsource its requirements to an expert language…

Translating between German and English

German and English are both Germanic languages belonging to the Indo-European language family. As such, they share certain features. Examples are cognates such as Sommer/summer, trinken/drink and kommen/come. When it comes to translating between German and English, the devil lies in the differences, so to speak. German syntax and the German tense system differ greatly…

The Past, Present and Future of Afrikaans Translation

Under Apartheid, South Africa had two official languages: English and Afrikaans. Translation into and from Afrikaans was the order of the day. Afrikaans terminology lists were developed in most subject areas. In 1994, language policy in South Africa was democratised. Official status was awarded to 11 languages. Afrikaans was liberated from the zoo of artificial…

The rise of the freelancer-based business model

Imagine only paying your employees for completed tasks. In a normal office where staff work at, say, R50 per hour, averaging about (let’s be honest) 5 hours’ actual work in a day, how much different would business be? You’d pay them about R1,250 a week, and that’s if there’s enough work to go around. In…