With a BA degree in law and an MA in translation, my experience spans financial translation (annual financial reports, quarterly and half-yearly results, financial press releases), editorial translation (brochures, newsletters, corporate communication, catalogues, advertising and marketing texts) and literary translation (for example the children's book La Grande Fleur by Yves Pinguilly, which I translated into both English and Afrikaans).
I work regularly on English copywriting projects, particularly in the fashion industry, writing product descriptions for the e-commerce websites of leading fashion houses, and brand platforms for luxury brands seeking to define their identity.
I also work on proofreading projects, in particular in collaboration with South African Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen on his bi-annual JAN journal.
Living in France from 2005 to 2014, I have since returned to Cape Town in my native South Africa. I have dual French and South African citizenship.
Trados Studio 2017
Independent language professional
March 2012 - present
Mainly from French into English, of documents in the editorial, financial and corporate management fields, among others.
Revising English-language content, whether drafted by non-native speakers or to raise the quality to publication standards.
Corporate films for a communications agency in Paris (French to English);
A South African film for the Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes (Afrikaans to French)
Product descriptions in the luxury fashion industry
Articles for the press (English and Afrikaans)
Literary article (in French) about the work of French author Henri-Pierre Roché: “Deux Anglaises et le Continent: roman épistolaire, journal intime, autobiographie?” in L’Herne Roché, Paris, Editions de l’Herne, 2015.
Technicis: in-house translator and reviser
August 2008 - February 2012
Technical and editorial translator and reviser, French and Dutch into English. Several weeks’ experience as a project manager
UNESCO: Bilingual assistant and publishing intern
July 2007 - July 2008
Bilingual assistant to the Director-General (K. Matsuura) for 10 months.
Intern in the rights and authorisations department of the Publications Unit for 3 months.
Since 2009, I have worked on several freelance translation projects for UNESCO from French into English, in the fields of education, development and international relations.
Au Diable Vauvert (French Publishing House)
January 2007 - September 2007
English translation of several chapters of a selection of French contemporary novels for a catalogue of foreign rights
Elle Decoration (Magazine, South Africa)
Assignments in 2006 and 2007
Freelance writing and translation for the issues of September and November 2006 and January 2007
Institut de Traducteurs, d'Interprètes et de Relations Internationales (ITI-RI), Strasbourg, France
2005 - 2007
MA in Professional Translation and Interpreting
(French > English > French): Mention Bien
On a full two-year scholarship granted by the French government on the basis of academic merit.
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
2002 - 2005
BA Honours in French Literature
BA Law (majoring in English and French)
Full scholarship granted by the French government on the basis of academic merit, 2005-2007 (MA in translation)
Scholarship based on academic merit awarded by Stellenbosch University, 2002 and 2005
Cultural and linguistic trip to Reunion Island on a scholarship granted by the French government, three weeks during December 2004
Prize for best student in French at the University of Stellenbosch, 2004