Language practitioners render specialised language and communication services over a broad spectrum of fields, for example, interpreting, translating, language training, copywriting, creative writing, language research, publicity, development of literary and language programmes, developing computer assisted language packages and providing organisations with language-related advice.
South Africa has 11 official languages, which means language practitioners are needed at all levels in the public and private sectors. Institutions such as Parliament, the State Language Services, the National Terminology Services, provincial governments, the CSIR, HSRC, SABC, universities and universities of technology all make extensive use of language practitioners, as do private institutions such as banks, insurance companies and the media.
Language practitioners in African languages, English and Afrikaans are usually in high demand, but those with other languages such as French, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Spanish are also needed.
Schooling & School Subjects
Degree: BA in Languages - most universities.Language Practice - UFS, Applied Language Studies - Wits, NMMU, Linguistics - RU, UKZN, US, UZ, Wits, UJ, UNISA.
Diploma: Language Practice - CUT, DUT and VUT.
The South African Translators’ Institute
P O Box 1710
Tel:(011) 803-2681 Fax: 086 619 9133
Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Private Bag X152
Tel: (012) 351-1000 Fax: (012) 329-1000