Afrikaans Translation Services

Accurate Afrikaans Translation Services

Afrikaans is one of South Africa’s most widely spoken languages. Approximately 13.5% of the country’s population speak Afrikaans fluently as a first language. However, speaking and writing are two different things, and even fluent speakers may struggle to translate documents written in English or any one of the other official languages into Afrikaans or the other way around.

ST Communications provides comprehensive Afrikaans translation services for a range of needs and purposes. Our fully qualified mother-tongue translators and interpreters are not only professional linguists, but also have experience in different industries. For instance, if you need medical or legal documents translated into Afrikaans, you can be sure that the translator assigned to your case has the industry-specific knowledge required to provide an accurate translation – no matter how complex the jargon.


No Matter What Your Translation Needs

Our range of Afrikaans translation services includes localising business content for an Afrikaans audience, interpreting at conferences or other business events, validating documents, and translating, proofreading and editing business and personal documents and other material. We also offer Afrikaans DTP services for all your business needs.

Documents and material translated include:

  • Business and personal letters
  • Business brochures
  • Handbooks
  • Invitations
  • Newsletters
  • Print and digital news articles
  • Emails
  • Faxes
  • Sworn translations
  • Technical manuals, guides and instruction booklets
  • Contracts, terms and conditions and by-laws
  • Educational books
  • Any documents and literature related to academia and the pharmaceutical, financial, engineering, marketing, IT, mining and petroleum industries


Contact us now to get a quote or to find out more about our confidential, professional Afrikaans translation and interpreting services.


Afrikaans in a Nutshell

Stereotypically, many people think that Afrikaans is most prevalent in the northern parts of the country, including Gauteng and the Free State, but statistics show that it’s, in fact, predominant in the Western and Northern Cape.

It developed primarily from Dutch, thanks to the Dutch settlers that came to the Cape in the 17th century, but is also influenced by Portuguese, Malay (from the Malay slaves in the region) and some indigenous African languages. In addition to occupying large swathes of South Africa, Afrikaans is predominant in Namibia.

Among the unique features of the language is the double negative. For example, “Hy wil nie speel nie,” which literally translates into, “He does not want to play not”.


Afrikaans in Brief

Language & Language Code:Afrikaans (AF or af-ZA)
Famous Afrikaans Speakers:Actress Charlize Theron, actor Sharlto Copley, author Andre Brink, poet Ingrid Jonker, golfer Ernie Els and heart surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard.
Countries with Afrikaans Speakers:South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and, these days, England, Canada and Australia.
Favourite Traditional Afrikaans Food:Koeksisters, boerewors, bobotie and braai.