SATI Prizes 2012





The South African Translators’ Institute (SATI) is pleased to call once again for nominations for its Prizes for Outstanding Translation and Dictionaries.


The prizes were initiated in 2000 and are being awarded for the fifth time. They aim to recognise meritorious work in the official languages of South Africa and to encourage the publication of translations of original works in the indigenous languages of the country.


The prizes are awarded every three years on or around International Translation Day (popularly known as St Jerome's Day), which is celebrated on 30 September. The first award – which went to Leon de Kock for his translation of Marlene van Niekerk’s Afrikaans novel Triomf into English – was made at the Aardklop Arts Festival in Potchefstroom in 2000. Subsequent winners have included Antjie Krog for her translations into Afrikaans of poetry from the various African languages in South Africa in Met woorde soos met kerse, Elsa Silke for her English translation of Charlize Theron’s biography, and the editorial teams for the Pharos Afrikaans-Engels/English-Afrikaans Dictionary and the Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: Northern Sotho and English.


The prizes are awarded in five different categories: fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, service translation and translation dictionaries. The winner in each category will receive a certificate of merit and a cash prize.


The Language Clause in the Constitution challenges everyone involved in language matters to promote the use of all the languages of South Africa, and in particular to develop the previously marginalised indigenous languages. SATI believes that language practitioners, in translating into and from these languages, are pivotal "mechanisms" in fostering the process of indigenous language development. As far back as 1993 SATI decided to implement strategies to facilitate the use and development of the indigenous languages of South Africa.


The objectives of the SATI Prizes for Outstanding Translation and Dictionaries are –

  1. to promote the translation and publication of work into and/or from the official languages;
  2. to highlight a standard of translation towards which other translators should strive;
  3. to promote multilingualism and in particular the use and development of the indigenous languages;
  4. to promote cross-cultural understanding;
  5. to raise awareness of the role of translators in uniting the people of South Africa; and
  6. to raise awareness of translation as a profession.


The Institute is now calling for nominations for the prizes to be awarded in September 2012. The rules for the prizes and nomination forms are available below.


The closing date for nominations for the 2012 SATI Prizes for Outstanding Translation and Dictionaries is 30 January 2012.




Prize rules: English (19418 bytes)

Prize rules: Afrikaans (87794 bytes)

Prize rules: Zulu (20715 bytes)

Nomination form - translations: English (61952 bytes)

Nomination form - translations: Afrikaans (67072 bytes)

Nomination form - translations: Zulu (65536 bytes)

Nomination form - dictionaries: English (58368 bytes)

Nomination form - dictionaries: Afrikaans (67584 bytes)

Nomination form - dictionaries: Zulu (59904 bytes)



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