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Gabriël Kroes

18/09/1935 – 12/07/2020


The Department of Afrikaans and Dutch would like to pay tribute to an esteemed former colleague. Gabriël Kroes established the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation in 1980 after the Department took the lead in establishing postgraduate training specifically focused on language practice. Over the course of 16 years, until his retirement in 1995, Mr Kroes turned the Diploma into an extremely popular programme. During this time the Diploma covered translation and editing in Afrikaans and English.


From 1996 onward, Ilse Feinauer continued to build on the solid foundation laid down by Mr Kroes. The last student to receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation graduated in 2019. The Diploma has been superseded by the Honours in Translation, which makes provision not only for Afrikaans and English, but most indigenous South African languages as well as French, German, Dutch and Chinese. The skill range has also been expanded to include interpreting alongside translation and editing.


Gabriël Kroes's legacy in the Department lives on in the various postgraduate programmes in language practice (Honours, MA, PhD and short courses). We remain grateful for the foundation he laid for these programmes from 1980 to 1995.​


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