Multilingualism SA announced as BBQ Awards 2016 finalist


Multilingualism SA was announced a finalist in the Category Innovation Hub New and Innovative Business of the BigTime Strategic Group BBQ Awards 2016 during a grand function held at the Emperors Palace on 27 October 2016.

The aim of the awards is to encourage and promote sustainable black business and transformation in South Africa, and celebrate the achievements of these champions of business transformation. 

“Organisations and individuals are recognised for their good corporate governance, leadership and esteemed business achievements at the annual awards ceremony,” says Robert Arendse, Managing Director of Cape Media, the organisers of the event.  

Multilingualism SA, is now in its 18th month of existence and has worked hard towards building itself up as a future force to be recognised by both the public and private sectors. “We are setting ourselves up to serve as the first and only dedicated business platform for local and international dialogue on multilingualism”, says Zama Bekeweni, Executive Director of Multilingualism SA.

The company is also intended to commission research into language in business and establish mechanisms for promoting the language-related work that is being done by business and language practitioners ensuring that such work is visible, not only in terms of content but also in terms of its benefit to society at large.

One of the key service offerings of Multilingualism SA is to provide language services such as translation and interpreting between all South African official languages and those of our country’s trading partners. In the process the company facilitates the professional and economic development of language workers thus raising their profile to a level where they are recognised as serious contributors to the knowledge economy. 

Multilingualism SA is proud to be recognised as a significant player in the South African economy, and a player which contributes towards the realisation of our country’s transformational and developmental goals. The announcement as finalist in the BBQ 2016 awards will strengthen the company’s resolve to participate more meaningfully in the social cohesion project of our country as well as to its economic make-up.

“We therefore invite like-minded institutions such as business, institutions of learning, NGOs and government departments, entities and enterprises to partner with us with the view of confirming multilingualism as an integral and essential ingredient of the economic make-up of South Africa as well as an agent for building a cohesive society”, says Bekeweni.

“On behalf of our board of directors I would like to thank all my colleagues at Multilingualism SA as well as our associates, more specifically Mr Izak du Plessis our strategist, Ms Khethiwe Marais an associate and Ms Mignionette Fair our business partner, for their continual support.” concluded Bekeweni.

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