In partnership with the South African Department of Cooperation and International Relations and the Embassy of France the next Consultative Workshop of the Public Sector Foreign Languages Forum will start on September 1st, 2011.
This Forum will host representatives from Governmental and Para-governmental agencies in order to achieve a specific foreign language training programme.
Actually last year new participants such as the Department of Trade and Industry, the Home affairs or the SARS expressed their needs for more than twenty different languages. Most requested were French, Swahili, Portuguese, English, Chichewa/Nyanja and Igbo. About 8000 employees were identified to participate to the foreign language training programme.
The results of the need analysis were clear, foreign languages are requested in South Africa to develop Bilateral and multilateral relations with international organizations as AU, IBSA or SADC and also for trade and development opportunities. Those languages are essentials as well, for missions such as peace-keeping in Africa or scientific and cultural exchanges.
This year the Public Sector Foreign Languages Forum will host Mr Frank Heyworth Special Advisor from the European Association of Quality Language Services who will bring his expertise and will facilitate the Forum.