Campus to co-host provincial celebration for International Translation Day

Campus to co-host provincial celebration for International Translation Day

VANDERBIJLPARK – The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU) will be co-hosting a provincial event to celebrate International Translation Day in September, as a forerunner to the national event that will take place on 30 September 2008 in Polokwane, Limpopo.

“The purpose of this event is to acknowledge the importance of the translation profession, and to address the many challenges faced,” said Prof Thapelo Selepe from the School of Languages. According to Prof Selepe the School was approached because of his involvement in national language structures. He added that as a result the Campus will be hosting the event in conjunction with Pan-South African Language Board (PanSALB) Gauteng, a first ever for the Vaal Triangle Campus.

This Gauteng regional event on what is also known as St Jerome’s Day, which came to being in 1991, will take place on 18 September 2008 at the Lapa on the Campus.

Please contact Ms Christine van Aardt at the School of Languages at (016) 910 3463 for more information on the event.

* School of Languages
Over the past few years the School of Languages has established itself as a school of languages that is recognised as a regional as well as national centre for language excellence. The hub of the training and research activities is the state-of-the-art language technology laboratory, where students are trained in the use of computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools, desktop publishing (DTP), web design, software and web localisation, as well as the creation of television subtitles. A language office, Babel, provides on-the-job training to students from third-year level. In this office students provide translation, editing and publishing services at competitive rates within a tutorship programme. The highly motivated body of lecturers are also involved in a range of research projects locally and across our borders.

* National recognition
The NWU was acknowledged by PanSALB as the university that has contributed the most towards multilingualism and nation building in the South African higher education sector during the past ten years. Prof Marlene Verhoef, Institutional Director: Language Directorate and the custodian of the NWU’s multilingualism policy, believes that the way in which the University implements its functional multilingualism policy resulted in the University earning the award. The NWU’s Language Directorate has implemented numerous creative and innovative projects to advance functional multilingualism at the University and in the region.


The Vaal Triangle Campus will be hosting an event to celebrate International Translation Day in conjunction with PanSALB. A regional delegation of PanSALB recently visited the Campus. At the back are Ms PN Gcali, convenor: translation and interpreting, PanSALB, Prof Thapelo Selepe, School of Languages and Ms T Mmotsa, language practitioner, PanSALB. In front from left are Dr Ia Esterhuizen, acting Director: School of Languages, Ms S Maepa, PanSALB Provincial Manager and Prof Marlene Verhoef, Institutional Director: Language Directorate.