The language profession in South Africa is not regulated, which means that the Institute may not set rates for translation, interpreting, editing or other language-related services. In this situation, individuals set their own rates and one may find a wide range in fees that are charged. The Institute does undertake surveys among its members to see what rates are being charged in practice and makes this information available to practitioners and the public.
It is important to remember that translation, interpreting and editing are professional activities. Practitioners are highly trained and their remuneration should reflect the time and effort they have put into acquiring the skills they currently possess. The pamphlet on tariffs below gives information on the calculation of charges in South Africa. This document is a guide to tariffs currently being charged for language services in South Africa. Bear in mind that the rates are not prescriptive: clients and practitioners always agree on their own rates based on the client’s requirements and the practitioner’s skills and experience. The information here is given simply as a guideline. A new survey will be conducted in the next 12 months to assess changes and adapt new tariffs.
↓PDF file – SAFREA Tariffs 2019-2020