TshwaneDJe Human Language Technology is a private company that develops and offers dictionary- and language-related software and consulting services. TshwaneDJe was co-founded by David Joffe and Prof. Dr. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (experts in software development and lexicography respectively) in 2002, based on, amongst others, a joint vision of improving the world and bridging cultures through better dictionaries.
Originally based in David Joffe's hometown of Pretoria (of which the traditional African name is 'Tshwane') in South Africa, in 2009 the company moved to Stellenbosch, and as of 2011 is located in Gordon's Bay, South Africa. We have consistently focused on professionalism, world-class quality, and delivering value to our customers. Originally dealing primarily with lexicography, the company has more recently broadened its focus to also cover terminology management software, corpus query software, software tools for translators, and general Language Services.
Our customers include Oxford University Press, Pearson, Longman, Macmillan, the Royal National Academy of Medicine (Spain), Grupo Clarín (Argentina), the Department of Justice (Canada), the Welsh Language Board, the Malaysian Institute of Language and Literature, Van Dale Lexicografie, Le Robert (France), the Royal Spanish Academy, the Institute for Dutch Lexicology (Netherlands), and more.
TshwaneDJe members are also active in academic research and have published many publications »
TshwaneDJe has a BEE Level 4 rating.
Core Team at a Glance
• Dr Gilles-Maurice de Schryver is a professor of African linguistics in the department of languages and cultures at Ghent University, where he is active within KongoKing. He is also an extraordinary professor in the department of African languages at the University of Pretoria.
• He holds an MSc in microelectronic engineering (1995), as well as an MA (1999) and PhD (2005) in African languages and cultures. In 2002 he co-founded TshwaneDJe HLT, and in 2006 he was a founding member of African Language Technology.
• Gilles-Maurice de Schryver is the author or co-author of numerous books, articles and conference papers, mainly on corpus and dictionary topics for the African languages.
• He is a past board member and two-term past President of Afrilex (2001-2013), and served on the boards of Euralex (2006-2014), Asialex (2007-2013) and Australex (2008-2013). From 2006 to 2012 he also held an extraordinary professorship at the University of the Western Cape.