Department of Arts and Culture
The South African Language Practitioners’ Council Bill (2013) was passed by the National Assembly yesterday and will be sent to President Jacob Zuma for assent.
In November the bill had been returned to the National Assembly (NA) by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for consideration of proposed additional amendments including rectifying a printing error that omitted the section 75 tagging.
The bill is an enabling legislation which will facilitate the effective implementation of the constitutional obligations concerning multilingualism and the Use of Official Languages Act (2012) by providing for the establishment of the South African Language Practitioners’ Council.
The council will promote and protect language practice in South Africa by regulating the training of language practitioners and providing for the control of the accreditation and registration of language practitioners.
The council will consult with related entities including the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), the Department of Arts and Culture, the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and the National Skills Authority.
The accreditations of voluntary associations that are in the field of translation, interpreting, lexicography, terminology and language editing will also be assessed by the council.
Registered practitioners who will be assessed against qualifications and experience to be prescribed by the board will be issued a certificate of registration for a period of one year and an annual fee will be required for subsequent years of certification.
The bill was first published in Gazette 34675 on 12 October 2012 and was tabled in parliament on 18 June 2013.