The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) in partnership with Steve Biko Foundation will tomorrow, 16 November 2017 host a Provincial Language and Literature Summit in celebration of International Translation Day, under the theme ‘Promoting linguistics plurality and social cohesion’, at the Steve Biko Centre, King Williams Town. The International Translation Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide under the auspices of International Federation of Translators (FIT), which is the biggest non-profit international organization of professional Translators, Interpreters and Terminologists working for the wellbeing of the international community. This day presents an opportunity for Translators, Students, Publishers, Booksellers, Librarians, Bloggers and Reviewers to debate significant issues and developments within the sector, while also looking at celebrating successes and challenges encountered.

Some of the topics that will be presented at the summit will be literature, to encourage creative writing as well as to nurture love for books in children. In addition the summit will also stimulate interest in books of our early writers such as Mqhayi, Jolobe, AC Jordan, Sinxo and in contemporary writers.
Mqhayi’s Ityala lamawele, as an example, remains peerless in its depiction of AmaXhosa indigenous lawsuits. The use of colourful language, well thought out arguments - amply demonstrates immeasurable dexterity and wisdom in surmounting vexing problems and challenges in society.  J. Opland - in his book, Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi ( 1875 – 1945 Research in African Literatures 1977), states that Mqhayi was the most remarkable figure in the history of isiXhosa literature and that he is the author of novels, essays, articles, historical studies and praise songs as a praise singer of note. He was the most prolific, most creative and imaginative author of his time.

Translation as an intercultural and an inter-lingual communication act  is a means of transporting the ways of life, customs, attitudes mind-sets and values of one particular culture across time and space to another culture or cultures.
Translation Day offers an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of Translators, Interpreters in the world .These Language Practitioners often remain the in the  periphery, invisible and unacknowledged yet their work makes a huge contribution to communication and interaction in all sorts of spheres, particularly in today’s globalised world.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event as follows:
Date : 16 November 2017
Time  : 10:00
Venue : Steve Biko Centre, Ginsberg, King Williams Town
For RSVP, contact:
Mr Sivuyile Ngaba  
Cell: 071 403 5294
For media queries, contact:
Mr Andile Nduna   
Cell: 071 411 4820    

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