By Matshidiso Makhalanyane For his contribution to Afrikaans Bible translation and other translation work, former Dean of the faculty of Theory at the University of the Free State, Prof Hermie Van Zyl was awarded the Ds Pieter van Drimmelen medal by the South African Academy of Science and Arts known as (SAAWK). He was part of the group that published the interlinear translation of the Bible (New Testament) in both Greek and Afrikaans. The readings are from original text (Greek) to a target language which is Afrikaans. Prof Van Zyl has also been involved in Afrikaans Bible for the Deaf which was published in 2008. He is the first lecturer in this faculty to receive this award from the SAAWK. “it is a wonderful privilege and an honour and really came out of nowhere”, said Prof Van Zyl. He also said he is grateful that he is one of the talented people from the University of the Free State to make such a contribution. The medal will officially be presented in the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on 29 June 2016. Prof Van Zyl has been in the Faculty of Theology at UFS for 29 years until he retired in 2013. He is recently a Research Fellow in the Department of New Testament, and still lectures on occasion. Photo Courtesy of Eugene Seegers

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