Translation Services Cape Town

We have spent more than a decade building up a team of highly qualified and experienced translators for South Africa’s 11 official languages. With a long history of work for high-profile clients in the medical, academic and the non-governmental sectors, we have built a reputation for complete reliability. For a quick quote, or to learn more about how we might help you, please head to our home page. You’ll find a list of our past and present clients as well as our contact details if you would like to know more about what we do.

We have included a quick guide to the three most spoken languages in Cape Town below.

 Reach three times more South Africans in Cape Town

The three most spoken languages in Cape Town are Afrikaans (35%), isiXhosa (29%), and English (28%). The 2011 national census estimated the city's urban population at 3.7 million people.

 Reach ten times more South Africans nationwide

English speakers account for only 9.8% of the South African population. When translating into Afrikaans and isiXhosa you will be reaching an additional 30% of people in their home language. This is approximately three times more South Africans countrywide.

 Cape Town in context

Cape Town is South Africa’s second-largest city and home to the country’s Parliament buildings. Beyond its role as the country’s legislative capital, it is a vital nexus of commercial, academic and cultural exchange. Given South Africa’s enormous economic and political influence throughout Africa as a whole, this makes it not only a major productive hub for the country, but also a regional stepping stone.

  Language % Cape Town*
1 Afrikaans 34.9% 1 305 269
2 IsiXhosa 29.2% 1 092 088
3 English 27.8% 1 039 727
  Language % South Africa**
1 IsiXhosa 16.3% 8 154 258
2 Afrikaans 13.7% 6 855 082
3 English 9.8% 4 892 623

Census 2011: First language demographics South Africa: IsiXhosa, Afrikaans and English
*Statistics South Africa Census 2011: Cape Town population *Statistics South Africa Census 2011: Municipal population 3 740 026
**Statistics South Africa Census 2011: South African population 51.7 million

Statistics South Africa: Census in brief (2011) PDF