I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Lolie Makhubu-Badenhorst as the Acting Director for the University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPO) with effect from 14 September 2020. She recently served as the Head of African Languages, Linguistics & Development Modules as a Senior Lecturer. She lectured translation and interpreting studies, semantics and research methodology. She is currently the chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal South African Translators’ Institute Chapter (SATI), the deputy chairperson of the South African Geographical Names Council (SAGNC); a board member of the Pan South African Language Board and a commissioner for the isiZulu Commission of the ACALAN in the African Union.

Prior to joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal, she worked at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) where she held various positions, which included Dean of the Faculty of Arts; Head of Department of Media, Language and Communication, Head of the Department of Language and Translation. She further served as the Co-ordinator for the Translation and Interpreting programmer where she pioneered the teaching of isiZulu to the staff including the provision of interpreting services during the DUT graduation ceremonies at DUT.  She was also the Co-Founder of the Confucius Institute at DUT.

Dr Makhubu-Badenhorst is an accredited member of the South African Translators’ Institute for both translation and simultaneous interpreting. She presented papers on translation and interpreting locally and abroad including in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Finland and Leiden in Europe. Her other fields of specialisation include terminology development as well as the promotion and development of South African Sign Language (SASL). She was the South African Representative Chairperson International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA).

We acknowledge and thank Professor Langa Khumalo for his role as the former Director of Language Planning and Development. We wish him well as the Director for the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources, SADiLaR, to achieve the constitutional imperative to recognise all the South African languages as key resources in innovation and science.

I invite you to join me in welcoming Dr Makhubu-Badenhorst as the Acting Director for the University Language Planning and Development. I appeal to the University Community to support her in her new role.

Issued by

Professor Sandile Phinda Songca
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning

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