As an accredited member (APSTrans) of the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI), I abide by its Code of Ethics. 

All members of the Institute shall undertake:

  1. To endeavour constantly to achieve the highest possible quality in respect of accuracy of rendering, terminological correctness, language and style.
  2. To accept full responsibility for their translations and to bring unresolved problems to the attention of their clients/employers.
  3. To accept no work that is beyond them (with regard to deadline and knowledge of source language, target language and subject), except with the knowledge of their clients/employers, and to keep to agreed deadlines and forms of delivery.
  4. Constantly to pursue self-improvement in order to improve the quality of their work.
  5. To share their professional knowledge with other members, but to maintain a relationship of trust with their clients/employers and to treat all information that comes to their attention in the course of their work as confidential.
  6. Not to accept any work that, in their opinion, is intended for unlawful or dishonest purposes or is contrary to the public interest.
  7. To be guided in negotiating remuneration by the principle of equitability, and in particular to refrain from charging excessive rates.
  8. To respect all rights of the author and the client/employer, and specifically copyright.
  9. Always to uphold the highest ethical and moral standards in their dealings with their clients/employers and in the practice of their occupation as translator.
  10. To take part in the activities of the Institute and always to conduct themselves in such a way that their conduct and the quality of their work will be to the credit of the Institute and translation as an occupation. 


As an accredited member (ATE) of the Professional Editors’ Guild (PEG), I abide by its Code of Conduct. 

As a member of the Professional Editors’ Guild (PEG), I undertake to abide by the following Code of Conduct:

  1. I will strive to produce work of the highest possible standard, I will accept full responsibility for my work and I will draw the attention of my client or employer to any unresolved problems.
  2. I will refrain from accepting work that I do not have the capacity to complete to the required professional standard. Should I unwittingly accept such work, I will inform my client or employer to this effect at the earliest opportunity and, if requested, help my client or employer to find a replacement copy-editor or proofreader.
  3. I will constantly pursue self-improvement to improve the quality of my work.
  4. I will treat as confidential all personal and sensitive information contained in the work that is handled by me. At all times I will maintain professional detachment, impartiality and objectivity in my work.
  5. I will respect all the rights (specifically the copyright) of the authors, my clients or employers of the work handled by me. I will disclose any conflict of interest immediately when I become aware of such conflict.
  6. I undertake that I will personally complete work allocated to me and will not subcontract it out, for whatever reason, without obtaining the written permission of my client or employer.
  7. I will strive to keep to agreed deadlines and conditions of delivery and will inform my client or employer in good time should I not be able to comply with the agreement.
  8. I will not accept any work that I have reason to believe is intended for unlawful or dishonest purposes or that is contrary to the public interest.
  9. I will not give or receive bribes or kickbacks.
  10. I will not sign a certificate of editing or provide similar confirmation for work I have not completed myself.
  11. I will make every attempt to verify facts in the work handled by me and avoid spreading fake news and information.
  12. In negotiating remuneration, I will be guided by the principle of fairness. In particular, I will refrain from charging excessively low or high rates. This does not preclude me from offering my services free for a friend (pro amico) or for a good cause (pro bono). I will consider the currently published scale of copy-editing and proofreading fees by the Professional Editors’ Guild or related organisations as my guide when quoting for work.
  13. I will respect and support my fellow professionals and share my professional knowledge for the good of the profession.
  14. I will refrain from encroaching on or recruiting the clients of fellow professionals.
  15. I will support and further the interests of the profession and my fellow professionals. I will always conduct myself in such a way as to be a credit to the Professional Editors’ Guild and the profession as a whole.
  16. I will not collude with or participate in communicating information of a defamatory and/or discriminatory nature and will desist from using abusive language and hate speech that attacks or may cause pain and/or harm to any person.
  17. I will abide by the South African Constitution, Acts and laws. This includes no direct or indirect discrimination against (or disparagement of) any person or entity, in actions or statements, on the basis of one or more of the following: race, gender, sex, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, HIV status, belief, political opinion, culture, language or birth.
  18. I will always act decorously so as not to bring the Guild into disrepute.
  19. In particular, I will use PEG’s social media (including but not limited to the online chat groups, Facebook and LinkedIn) responsibly and with due regard for accepted social media etiquette and with the necessary respect for others, especially where the platform is intended for professional discussion.
  20. I understand that a breach of this Code of Conduct will lead to disciplinary action being taken against me if I do not abide by these guidelines for professional conduct.

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