Government Editing We ensure clarity, consistency and correctness on government documents and reports

Government Reports and Documents

A growing aspect of our business involves editing reports and other documents for the South African national government and entities associated with it. For reasons of confidentiality we cannot name our clients specifically, but on request, we shall provide details of those contact persons who have given us permission to do so.

What We Offer

We edit our client's documents for clarity, consistency and correctness in English language and logic. We standardise minor formatting such as fonts, indentation and the like. We do not undertake major formatting (headings and tables of contents, for instance), which we outsource to an expert in MSWord, nor do we rewrite any document, but we will comment extensively where necessary.

What We Promise

You will be assured of excellent, focused and trustworthy service; several years’ experience of what is necessary for a national government document in all respects; a consciousness of the importance of deadlines; an empathetic understanding of the requirements for clear internal (intra-governmental) communication and of those for communicating with the public.

How We Charge For Our Editing Services

We offer competitive rates especially for our clients paying in non-South African currencies. Our rates are positioned in the average range of the spectrum, based on the annual pricing surveys carried out by SAFREA, the South African Media Freelancers’ Association, and PEG, the Professional Editors’ Group. We generally quote in SA cents per word (this is an accurate, straightforward unit of measure), subject to seeing the actual document and an annual increase towards the end of each year. Graphics, graphs etc. are not included in the word count and hence not charged for, though text boxes and footnotes are. Special quotes may also be possible.

Major formatting of heading levels, ToCs and the like is not included in this price.

The service we provide is value for money: it is thorough and meticulous. Editing is highly specialised and labour-intensive and a thorough double edit (reading the document at least twice but usually more often, concentrating on different facets) of five A4 pages or about 1500 words takes 45 minutes to an hour.

Your Work is in Good Hands

Prof Levey possesses a PhD in English Studies and over 40 years of experience as a senior academic and postgraduate supervisor in that field, and has edited research items for the last 18 years. He is a full member of the Professional Editors’ Guild (membership number LEV001) and of the South African Translators Institute (membership number 1000246). If he does not edit a document himself, he discusses the final version of every document with the editor concerned. The team has edited literally hundreds of documents from most disciplines and has handled research from numerous countries around the world.