Services Offered by PanSALB (Pan South African Language Board)
- Translation and Interpreting
- Skills development in translation and development
- Celebration of International Translation Day
- Monitoring the use of translation and interpreting facilities
- Technical support to provincial language committees.
- Linguistics Human Rights and Mediation
- To facilitate investigations of linguistic human rights violations and to publish findings by the Hearing Committee.
- To raise awareness in order to influence and promote multilingualism in all organs of society through effective protection and promotion of linguistics human rights
- To provide legal services for the Board, Chief Executive Officer, office staff and PanSALB structures.
- To act as an agent of change in assisting those who violate language rights
- To commission, studies into complaints etc.
- Language in Education
- To establish and maintain strategic partnerships and networks with the national and provincial departments of education.
- To create a climate conducive to the successful implementation of the Language in Education and the Higher Education Policies in the provinces.
- To identify strategic projects for the development of marginalized languages.
- To create a climate conducive to the advancement of the Language in Education Policy and Multilingualism in education.
- To identify mechanisms to promote all languages in education.
- Research and Development
- To assist in initiating studies and projects
- To manage all PanSALB projects.
- To develop and maintain a database of funded projects
- To develop guidelines for project proposal writing
- To coordinate applications for financial support
- To provide support to National Language Bodies(NLBs) and Board members
- To cooperate with both national and international research and funding bodies.
- Standardization and Terminology Development
- Provide technical guidance to NLBs
- Ensure that the nine African language NLBs revise the spelling and orthography rules of their respective languages.
- Set primary standardization processes in place
- Set primary terminology development processes in place
- Development Of Literature
- To support reading clubs in order to encourage a culture of reading
- To interact with writers’guilds
- To hold workshops on selection criteria for the the prescription of books
- To hold literary awards in conjunction with NLBs
- National Language Bodies
- To initiate and implement projects that promote languages
- To identify development needs of these languages
- To raise funds for recording languages that have small number of speakers left (Khoe and San), to avoid extinction.
- National Lexicography Units
- To accelerate the production of dictionaries
The purpose of the Pan South African Language Board is to promote
multilingualism in South Africa by:
- Creating the conditions for the development of and the equal use ofall official languages;
- Fostering respect for and encouraging the use of other languages in the country;
- Encouraging the best use of the country's linguistic resources, in order to enable South Africans to free themselves from all forms of linguistic discrimination, domination and division and to enable them to exercise appropriate linguistic choices for their own well being as well as for national