Developing Our Official South African Languages

The recent publication of the ‘Use of Official Languages Act’ – https://www.blc.co.za/exploring-use-official-languages-act-south-africa –  is set to make sure official South African languages (other than English and Afrikaans) are used on a much wider scale – first in the government and private sectors and later with initiatives to introduce official South African languages into education, business and daily…

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The South African e-Learning Revolution

Technology is changing the way we see education in Africa. African economies are growing and e-learning Africa offers a unique vantage point from which to see and understand the transformation of a continent – http://www.elearning-africa.com e-Learning has been a growing force for educational development in Africa since 2005 . It’s development was sparked by the…

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Trends To Look Out For In Branding 2015

Trends To Look Out For In Branding 2015 An insight from the pen, thoughts and experiences of Andrea Golding. And so it begins, another 365 day cycle of the hustle and grind as brands make every effort to stand out, head and shoulders above the rest. Unfortunately a lot (in fact too much) of the…

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New Official Language Policy – Final Compliance Date

The ‘Use of Official Languages Act’ has been awaited with both excitement and trepidation by many sectors of both South Africa’s private and government business landscape. Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has extended the final compliance date for new official language policy to 2 May 2015. This extension has been based on three conditions,…

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Writers and Editors, The Perfect Recipe

Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear. . This quote by Patricia Fuller was what appeared on the first slide of my Introduction to Linguistics lecture in my first year of university. At first I thought it was our lecturer trying to calm our rattled…

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Translation Services: The Complete Package

Many translation agencies offer translation services in a minimalistic manner. They receive the source text from the client, send it out to a freelance translator and deliver the translator’s translation to the client. BLC follows these steps in order to achieve service excellence in the translation industry: Step 1: Before quoting we go through the…

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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…

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