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As experts in the sourcing of African language services, we provide access to translations within the rich language tapestry of the African continent and far beyond. Highly skilled translators in more than 100 languages, including the top Western and Eastern European languages, Asian languages, those of North and South America and Australasia as well as numerous ‘exotics’ are vetted and ready to work on your project. If the assignment is a translation into a dialect, pidgin or creole language, we can do that too.

As far as South Africa’s 11 official languages are concerned, we have a pool of talented translators who are fluent in:

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Ndebele
  • Sepedi
  • Sesotho
  • Setswana
  • Siswati
  • Tsonga
  • Venda
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

We require all our translators to be mother-tongue speakers of their respective languages and, where possible, to be qualified with a post-graduate degree in language and translation.


Certain clients want to know whether fonts are available for translations into Cyrillic and other non-Latin alphabets, such as Arabic, Hindi and Mandarin Chinese. No problem. We have Standard, Unicode and UTF8 fonts available for foreign languages.


Folio’s commitment to quality means that each and every translation is double- and triple-checked to ensure accuracy, appropriateness for the target market and an impeccable standard of work.

Broad scope

Ensuring regional and demographic appropriateness and incorporating dialects is all in a day’s work for Folio’s ever-expanding team of translators. Whatever you need, from annual reports to video scripts, from training manuals to websites – even work requiring specialist technical knowledge like medical translators – no job is too large or too small.

CAT tools

When it comes to streamlining the translation process by means of CAT (computer-assisted translation) tools, Folio keeps up with the latest developments. By providing facilities and personal guidance and training in the latest CAT tools to our translators, we have achieved optimum skill levels. Today, our translators are tech-savvy and confident users of the latest time-saving software.

Project management

Handling translation projects is our forte. If you’re concerned about the logistics of a translation assignment that involves complex communication between language specialists in different countries, you can leave it in the capable hands of Folio’s project managers. All logistical planning and administration is managed from beginning to end. You’ll get your translation on time and within budget.

Certified translation

A sworn translator is ‘sworn in’ at the High Court of South Africa and undertakes legal and diplomatic assignments. Folio can call upon sworn translators and court translators in many different languages to provide official, certified translations of court transcriptions, affidavits or other official documents. We provide skilled official translators for any legal translation services. Examples include contracts, passports, licenses, police clearance certificates, medical records and insurance policies. These are delivered under the stamp and seal of the sworn translator concerned, guaranteeing a faithful and accurate translation that meets legal and official standards.

Please contact

Simon Hill at (South African clients) or Johan Botha at (international clients) to discuss your translation requirements.

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