French Translation Services (Pty) Ltd is a privately held translation agency based in South Africa specialising in French and English document translation.

Since our establishment in 2002, we have partnered with a growing number of South African and foreign clients engaged in trade, investment or service provision in Africa and in France.

By providing accurate and timely translations performed by professional, experienced translators, our role is to create an enabling business environment for our clients through solving communication challenges.

What Sets Us Apart

  • We are the first translation agency in South Africa to specialise exclusively in French and English document translation.
  • We have more than 20 years’ experience as a French translation service provider.
  • Our translators are highly-skilled professionals with translation-specific qualifications (degree or diploma) and all have a minimum of 10 years’ experience.
  • Being owner-managed, we offer a highly personalised service with seamless communication.
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At French Translation Services, we cover a broad spectrum of subject material. General translation fields include law, finance, media, insurance, telecommunications, retail, tourism, education, geopolitics, environment, marketing and training manuals. Over the years however, we have developed a particular specialisation in the following fields:


Environmental baseline studies, feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, environmental management plans, stakeholder meetings, soil data, climate data, geology & resource estimation, biodiversity reports, hydrology, hydrogeology & geochemistry reports, mine simulator systems, bio-sewage systems, letters of interest, surface rights, mining codes, mining legislation, mining decrees, government correspondence, mining tenders, mining contracts, prospecting licences, curricula vitae of technical personnel, press releases, company minutes, articles of association, etc.


Addressing potential international customers in their native language maximises the marketing efforts of global companies.

Target markets will be far more receptive if they can find information about your products and services online in their own language. With the increasing reliance on websites as the primary marketing platform of most international businesses, investing in a multilingual website has become essential to ensure a wider reach.


Flight operations manuals (organisation and responsibilities, operational control and supervision, quality assurance, flight crew composition, qualification requirements, flight crew health precautions, flight time limitations, operating procedures, dangerous goods and weapons, security, handling of accidents and incidents, reporting of air traffic incidents, rules of the air, route and aerodrome), maintenance control manuals, agency acquisitions, aircraft lease agreements, aircraft registration, renewal contracts, aviation risk insurance, etc.

Airborne Geophysics & Engineering

The full spectrum of documents constituting airborne geophysical tenders and surveys (company documents, key experts, project experience, technical resources, etc.)

Geotechnical and engineering documents include: Geotechnical reports, geotechnical analyses, hydro-electric schemes, owner’s manuals, power generation systems, marine engineering, port infrastructure, quay redevelopment, traffic study reports, industrial agitators, water conveyance systems, etc.

Client Reviews

We have used French Translation Services multiple times and have always been happy with their professional work ethic.
Even on short notice they have always assisted in getting the job done quickly and effectively. We have absolute faith in recommending French Translation Services to anyone.
Larissa Hewitt, Regional General Manager | New Resolution Geophysics
At Sanlam, we’ve been using French Translation Services for French and Portuguese translations since 2018. Lindy and her team are very professional and efficient, with quick turnaround times – even in the event of urgent, unplanned translations. We would highly recommend their services.
Marga Scheffler, Communications Consultant | Sanlam Emerging Markets
Excellent work with tight deadlines and complex documents. We’ve been working with French Translation Services for a few years and they consistently do a terrific job, are responsive and a pleasure to work with. It’s rare to find the trifecta of work quality, competitive rates and fast turnaround. We, without reservation, recommend FTS.
Jessie O’Neil, Compliance Lead | Barrick Gold Corporation | Canada
The translation of technical and business documents by French Translation Services has, over the past several years, been of a consistently high standard. Their ethics, feedback and co-operative spirit have made them an invaluable component to business activities.
Lex Geraghty, Group Manager | Ivanhoe SA | Johannesburg, South Africa
Professional, responsive, effective and highly efficient services have been provided by French Translation Services over the past 3 years to Astron, this at a competitive price, as such they come highly recommended. We continue making use of their services and will do so in the future.
Mark Coetzee, Project Executive | Astron Limited | Dakar, Senegal
In the civil engineering sector, and in geotechnics in particular, technical terms sometimes have different meanings from one language to another. French Translation Services has a perfect grasp of this terminology and an admirable respect for deadlines; always prepared to fit its schedule around the specific situations, it is not just a service provider but one of the links in the chain of our organisation.
Fabrice Nzodoum, Geotechnician | Geotechsol | Port-au-Prince, Haiti