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Meet the Team – Bangula Project Managers – Better Language Company

At Bangula we have a strong, enthusiastic and dedicated team of language, translation and transcription project managers. We’re proud to introduce our team to you.

Hannietjie Sapire 

Image showing Hannietjie SapireTranslation lecturer Hannietjie Sapire hung up her gown after 15 years at Wits University. Equipped with an MA in Translation and a sense of adventure, she started a language services company.

Her first venture, a communications company, turned out to be a success and inspired her to establish Bangula. Juxtaposed language-related endeavours include being appointed as the copy editor of popular Farmer’s Weekly and a position as senior financial translator at Finance Week. As Bangula Lingo Centre expanded, she devoted her time to managing large translation and educational content development projects. She also wrote a number of educational textbooks.

Hannietjie continues to ply her project management, editing and writing skills from her home in a nature reserve in the Magaliesberg area. The convenient location close to the major urban areas in Gauteng enables her to meet with the Bangula team on a regular basis and to attend client meetings. From time to time, she mentors students in practical translation students at the Wits Language School. Life in the nature reserve allows her to pursue some of her other passions: hiking, gardening and poetry.


 Marcus Sapire

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From brand guru and financial planner, Marcus has worked his way up to CEO of Bangula.

As CEO of a small yet vibrant company, he has applied his ability to be a jack of all trades and a master in leadership and brand management to great advantage for Bangula. Equipped with a BA degree from Vega in Strategic Brand Communication, Marcus has become Bangula’s social media and SEO marketing whiz.

He balances hard work with hard play, working out regularly in the gym and occasionally bringing home provincial colours in powerlifting. Romping around with his dogs and reading anything from quantum physics to science fiction form part of his more relaxing leisure-time activities.




Lorraine Shabangu

 Lorraine seeks to contribute to the burgeoning reading culture within the different languages in South Africa, and find ways in which the concerns of literacy can be addressed.

She also works at BONA magazine as a freelancer, proofreading and editing the Sesotho edition. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. She is the recipient of the following academic awards respectively: The SAMRO-JSM Khumalo Award for the best achiever in an African Language major, and The Vilakazi Memorial Award for an outstanding research contribution in the field of African Languages and Literature by a graduate.

Her Masters dissertation in African Languages and Linguistics focuses on black-centred films in post-1994, titled: Representations of blackness in post-1994 black-centred films: An analysis of Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon (2005), When We Were Black (2007) and State of Violence (2011). She is a current PhD candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand.




Suzette Klopper

Image showing Suzette KlopperMany wonderings and experiences brought me to Bangula where I hope to apply my love of the written word, my passion for linguistic accuracy and my management skills in order to enhance the services we offer.

In the past I have worked in several industries and in many positions where I acquired a knack for communication and an understanding of excellent customer support.

Since joining Bangula in October 2014, I have been able to apply my love of the written word, my passion for linguistic accuracy and my management skills in order to enhance the services we offer. My experience gained through working in several industries in the past, has enabled me to successfully manage several projects over the last two years. I am passionate about customer service excellence and use my ability to understand both sides of the situation in order to deliver the best service possible. 

Projects that I have been involved in include translations of eLearning solutions, customer publications and subtitles for a movie. My plans for the future include attending training courses on editing in order to expand my knowledge and skills set.


Zwivhuya Matidza

Image showing Zwivhuya MatidzaZwivhuya Matidza is Bangula Lingo Centre’s Transcription Services Manager and Admin Assistant. Zwi joined Bangula in 2014 as an intern and landed a permanent position after six months, thanks to her hard work and dedication.

In 2013, she obtained a National Diploma in Language Practice from Tshwane University of Technology.

Zwi is currently registered for a Communication Sciences degree with the University of South Africa (UNISA). She believes it’s an investment to her long-term career goals as she strives to master whatever aspects are involved in integrated communications. She likes digital media and believes every professional communicator must have a basic understanding of social media as we are living in digital era.

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