OSS project scoops multilingualism award

Published in Tectonic

Dwayne Bailey tells us that Translate.org.za was awarded the coveted Pan South African Language Board award for its contribution to multilingualism and nation building over the past decade. The award, ‘Multilingualism and Nation Building: eBusiness Institution of the Decade’, was awarded to the non-profit organisation for its long-running and ground breaking work in the area of multilingual software.

Over the years Translate.org.za has produced great additions to the computer world including South Africa’s first multilingual keyboard, open source spell checkers, and translation of software such as OpenOffice.org and Mozilla Firefox. The organisation also works with universities to train students to translate software through a Translate@thon programme. Elated at the win, Bailey says: “Ngiyabonga kakhulu! We are very honoured to receive this award, especially as it is given by our peers and because it recognises our contribution over many years to all of South Africa’s official languages.”

Microsoft was also awarded during a gala event over the weekend for its contribution to multilingualism. Microsoft was a sponsor of the awards.

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