The Pan South African Language Board Act (No. 59 of 1995, as amended), in section 8(8)(c), allows PanSALB to establish National Lexicography Units (NLUs) to develop a comprehensive monolingual dictionary for each official language. The NLUs promote language development by means of compiling dictionaries and other related products in their designated official South African language. They are to operate as companies limited by guarantee of the Companies Act (No. 71 of 2008).

This serves as a call for members of the public and of academic, cultural, and traditional organisations or institutions to nominate individuals to serve on the various NLUs’ Boards of Directors (Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, and isiZulu). Each NLU’s Board of Directors shall steer its respective NLU in producing its comprehensive monolingual dictionary and any other lexicographical products that aim at promoting the development and use of the language by its native speakers, in education, and in other professional registers. Among other responsibilities, the Boards of Directors shall oversee the financial, human, and other forms of resources made available for the lexical development of the language concerned, and formulating and rectifying the policy and plans to be followed in order to achieve the objectives related to the publishing, printing, and marketing of dictionaries and other lexicographical products.


The nominee must be interested in language development issues. In addition s/he must have at least one of the following competences:
1. Knowledge in the field of lexicography (compiling dictionaries), which is highly recommended,
2. Management and leadership skills,
3. Financial management skills,
4. Knowledge of legal matters, or
5. Marketing skills,
6. Knowledge of Information Technology Systems
7. Human Language Technology.

And must be a first-language speaker of the language they are being nominated for.

Nominations should be submitted in writing and must include the following details:
• The title, full name, addresses (physical and postal), and contact details (email and phone numbers) of the nominee, and a two-page curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee. The CV must include the nominee’s full names, ID number, gender, contact details (email address and phone numbers), addresses (physical and postal), name of the province they reside in, membership of other professional bodies, and brief descriptions of their experience, knowledge, and skills in the relevant language and/or
• Certified copies of the nominee’s ID and academic and professional qualifications.
• Any other supporting information, including names and contact details of at least two (2) referees. One of the referees must be from a language, cultural, traditional, or community-based organisation or institution.
• A duly signed one-page letter of motivation from the nominator indicating why the nominee is qualified to contribute to the development and use of the language concerned.
• A duly completed application form that must be signed by the nominator, a seconder, and the nominee.

No nomination will be considered unless all of the above is included.
For more information on the process and requirements, please visit the PanSALB website at or alternatively contact:
Ms Nonkululeko Mkhize Tel: (012) 341 9638 Email:
Nominations should be forwarded to: The Chief Executive Officer, Attention: Language Development and Use, Pan South African Language
Board By email: By mail to: Private Bag X08, Arcadia, 0007
Hand delivery to: 5th Floor, Provisus Building, 523 Stanza Bopape Street, Arcadia, 0083
Closing date: 23 February 2024
Please note that faxed nominations will not be accepted


NLUs Call for nomination

English Nomination Form for NLUs 




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