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Business Language Policy

BUSINESS LANGUAGE POLICY

Any private sector language policy must take into account the provisions of the Constitution and secondly should to some extent be informed by the National Language Policy Framework (NLPF).

 

An example of an acceptable business language policy is set out below:


 

BUSINESS LANGUAGE POLICY

Effective implementation Date:

As of this date, this policy replaces all existing policies, memorandums and directives relating to this issue.

Scope:

 

Purpose:

To provide guidelines for language selection for communication within the Company

Authorising signature:

 

 

1.    ABC (Pty) Ltd recognises the value of and holds in esteem all the languages of South Africa.

2.    ABC (Pty) Ltd encourages employees to be multi-lingual and to furthermore learn an additional official language to those already spoken by the employee.

3.    ABC (Pty) Ltd designates English as the working language for both intra and interdepartmental communication. Therefore all written communication as well as spoken communication between ABC (Pty) Ltd employees conducting the business of ABC (Pty) Ltd must be in English.

4.    Communication with external parties must take place in either English or the language of the external party’s choice. Where written communication takes place in a language other than English, the written communication must be translated into English on the document as well.

5.    Communication at international level will be in English or the preferred language of the country concerned. Where written communication takes place in a language other than English, the written communication must be translated into English on the document as well.

6.    Official documents will be published in English and where practical and necessary, in a selection of official languages. The languages used in addition to English will be determined according to the principles of functional multilingualism and will depend on the intended function, purpose of the document and sociolinguistic profile of the target audience.

 

 

Gary Watkins

Gary Watkins

Managing Director

BA LLB

C: +27 82 416 7712

T: +27 12 669 3289

F: +27 86 689 7862

Website: www.workinfo.com
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