Translation services in Cape Town 2023
We have spent more than a decade building up a team of highly qualified and experienced translators for South Africa’s national languages. Our agency's track record as a translation service provider for high-profile clients in the medical, academic and the non-governmental sectors, has given us a reputation for complete reliability. To get a formal quote, or to learn more about how we might help you for any of SA's 11 languages, head to our home page.
Cape Town's languages
Cape Town has a near even split in language distribution. The three most spoken languages are Afrikaans (35%), isiXhosa (29%), and English (28%). The 2011 national census estimated the city's urban population at 3.7 million people.
Magnify your reach in Cape Town. The time a department spends on their English language editorial, design and promotion can easily reach more than twice as many Capetonians in their home language.
|#||Language||Percent||CT Population 2011|
|1||Afrikaans||34.9%||1 305 269|
|2||IsiXhosa||29.2%||1 092 088|
|3||English||27.8%||1 039 727|
Reach a national audience
When translating to isiXhosa, South Africa's second most spoken language, you reach 16% of the national population, approx. 8.2 million (2011). It is spoken by almost four-fifths (79%) of the Eastern Cape and a quarter (25%) of the Western Cape provinces.
When translating to Afrikaans, South Africa's third most spoken language, you reach 14% of the national population, approx. 6.9 million (2011).
|#||Language||Percent||SA Population 2011|
|1||IsiXhosa||16.3%||8 154 258|
|2||Afrikaans||13.7%||6 855 082|
|3||English||9.8%||4 892 623|
Afrikaans is spoken by half the Western Cape (50%), Eastern Cape (11%), Northern Cape (54%) and (Free State (13%) provinces. It is also the second most spoken language in the City of Tshwane.
English speakers account for less than a tenth (9.8%) of South Africans. When translating into Afrikaans and isiXhosa you will be making your documents accessible to an additional 30% of the country in their home language. This is approximately three times more South Africans than English documents reach.