RE: tech writing in South Africa

Subject: RE: tech writing in South Africa
From: <Robert -dot- Campbell -at- arm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 11:34:51 +0000

The TW market in SA is not nearly as good as it was in the 80s, but there
are still a few (mainly software and training) companies who employ TWs - I
left SA three years ago, partly because of the job market - on the other
hand, if you plan to use SA-based contract TWs, you'll get them at a good
rate - the Rand has plummeted by around 40% against the US$ in the past
year - and, from what I've heard, there are more people than positions
available right now... - two possible resources - not sure whether they're
still valid:
Institute of Technical Communicators in Southern Africa (ITCSA)
P.O. Box 30544
0132 Sunnyside
South Africa
Contact: Jan Roodbol - he's one of the main (or only) tech
writing trainers in SA.

"Paul Martin"
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01/14/02 06:57 AM
Please respond to "Paul

Jennfier O'Neill asked, "Does anyone know what the tech writing market is
like in South Africa and how easy it is to find a writer there?" The market
is small by European and American standards, but is burgeoning since more
South African IT companies are making an impact overseas. However, it's not
yet a commonly recognised profession. For instance, you won't find courses
offered at universities and colleges, there is a national technical writing
association, and employment agencies will probably frown if you ask them
about technical writers. This means that most SA technical writers are
full-timers and the dearth of positions available means that there are few

Jennifer also asked, "What's the best way to find a writer there?" The most
successful method seems to be the word of mouth approach. The other method,
which is less successful because we have a 40% unemployment rate, is to
advertise in the national press, their online counterparts (for example, or, or online job agencies (such as

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