Business Writing for South Africans



Review by Vida Li Sik

Have you ever been frustrated or put off by receiving an email that arrives in your inbox with nothing written in the subject line? Or worse, find the content of the entire email written in the subject line? That’s just bad writing, you say. The reality is that many people struggle when it comes to written communication, especially if English is not their first language.

If you have been guilty of either of the first two offences mentioned or want to know how to bring across your message in a way that is not only easy to understand but that brings about the outcome you desire, then this book is for you.

Here’s another question: Do you know what it means to use “plain language” when you have to do some business writing?

Using plain language is just one item in a comprehensive list of guidelines on how to do business writing for your work, how to take minutes; prepare a presentation or proposal and even academic writing. The authors are all experts with years of experience in teaching people how to do write in a clear and concise manner.

The content is easy to understand and will make a useful reference in anyone’s bookcase. It is also a tool that can be referred to over and over again to make sure your business writing shines.

By Bittie Viljoen-Smook, Johan Geldenhuys and Wena Coetzee

Tafelberg (an imprint of NB Publishers, 2017, R230)