The PanSALB Language Awards were established in 2002 and are held annually. In the past years, the awards ceremony has grown in standard, stature and impact. The awards normally attracts over 600 high profile government officials, non-governmental officials, academics, partners and sponsors.
  The PanSALB Language Awards seek to:
  • promote and recognise exceptional work in the promotion of all official and other South African languages;
  • broadcast the importance of multilingualism in South Africa;
  • enhance the use of all official languages;
  • raise awareness on the role of languages in general as a uniting agent to the people of the Republic of South Africa
  • publicise the role of PanSALB in fostering the climate of equitable language practice.



The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) is a statutory body established in terms of Act 59 of 1995 and the Constitution for, inter alia, the creation of conditions for the development and for the promotion of the equal use and enjoyment of all the official South African languages.


The Preamble to the PanSALB Act advocates that provision be made for measures designed to achieve respect, adequate protection and furtherance of the official South African languages and for the advancement of those official languages which in the past did not enjoy full recognition, as well as respect for the other South African languages used for communication and religious purposes.

  • The Adjudication Panel recognises all works/projects published between January - December 2017. The Call for Nominations/Entries opens on 15 November 2017.
  • The closing date for entries is 15 January 2018.
  • The awards gala event takes place on 02 March 2018.



The PanSALB awards are financed through PanSALB and other sponsorships that may be raised for this purpose. Over the years, organisations such as Microsoft, Nutrend, MTN and Absa have aligned themselves with the awards on various levels with gratifying input and results.