Monthly Newsletter: January 2013 – Client Feedback and Language Statistics

2012 has come and gone, and with it the London Olympics, the re-election of Barack Obama and the potential end of the world, according to Mayan prophecy. So, while we’re talking about the past, this is an overview of the work we covered throughout the month of December 2012 (excluding private client translations) and some client feedback.

‘The team at Web-lingo is exceptionally friendly and efficient. They went the extra mile to ensure all our requirements were met despite extremely demanding deadlines. Their translations are of a great standard and communicating with them is an absolute pleasure. Five star service!’ – International Environmental and Mining Consultancy

December 2012

Languages we translated: French, African French, Portuguese, African Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Latin-American Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, Italian, German, Russian, Swedish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Sesotho, Sesotho sa Leboa, SiSwati

Prevalent Industries: Advertising, Online Training, NGO’s, Environmental Consultancy, Mining Consultancy, Hospitality, Market Research, Risk Management, Software Development, Website Development, Website Localisation, Technology

Census 2011

For our local clients, the Census 2011 results proved to offer some insight into the local South African market.

Below is the total number of South Africans speaking each official language at home and represented as a percentage of the population.

Language Number of Speakers % of Total
IsiZulu 11 587 374 22.7%
IsiXhosa 8 154 258 16%
Afrikaans 6 855 082 13.5%
English 4 892 623 9.6%
Sepedi 4 618 576 9.1%
Setswana 4 067 248 8%
Sesotho 3 849 563 7.6%
Xitsonga 2 277 148 4.5%
SiSwati 1 297 046 2.5%
Tshivenda 1 209 388 2.4%
IsiNdebele 1 090 223 2.1%
Other 828 258 1.6%
Sign Language 234 655 0.5%

For more information on SA’s official languages, please visit:

We look forward to wonderful, productive year ahead and wish you all the very best in your endeavors. Should you wish to contact us for a quote or have any other enquiries, please email, phone (021)789 0690 or visit our website:

Yours Sincerely,

The Language People

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