South African English Voice Over Artists

Looking for South African English voice actors for your project? You'll find the best ones right here! Just listen to samples and invite voice artists to send you proposals - straight to your inbox. Then hire your talent of choice, fund the project and get your files. Release funds only when happy with the work. Read more about our services and VO tips here.

South African English Voice Over Artists

Looking for South African English voice actors for your project? Just listen to samples and invite voice artists to send you proposals - straight to your inbox. Then hire your talent of choice, fund the project and get your files. Release funds only when happy with the work. Read more about our services and VO tips here.

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Jared J. - professional English (South African) voice over talent at Voice Crafters
Jared J.
English (South African)
Swahili
United States

My name is Jared and I’m a professional International voice actor with a pleasan...

Deep bassy authoritative
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Jason G. - professional English (South African) voice over talent at Voice Crafters
Jason G.
English (South African) South Africa

I have had a career in the television and radio industry for 15 years, hosting s...

conversational corporate english
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Ian C. - professional Afrikaans voice over talent at Voice Crafters
Ian C.
Afrikaans
English (South African)
South Africa

I have had a passion for manipulating my vocal chords since I was 8 years old an...

character voices versatile professional
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Pascale N. - professional English (South African) voice over talent at Voice Crafters
Pascale N.
English (South African)
German
South Africa

I’m Pascale, I’ve been working as a professional multilingual voice over artist ...

Warm friendly crystal-clear
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Robyn R. - professional English (British) voice over talent at Voice Crafters
Robyn R.
English (British)
English (South African)
United Kingdom

I am a professional english actor and voice over artist. I am based in London an...

bright energised fresh
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Jolandi D. - professional English (South African) voice over talent at Voice Crafters
Jolandi D.
English (South African) Canada

With the strength of femininity and the mystery of a global accent, I deliver co...

Friendly professional classy
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Noko ‘Flow’ M. - professional English (South African) voice over talent at Voice Crafters
Noko ‘Flow’ M.
English (South African) South Africa

Noko is a Professional Actor & Voice Over Talent Male, voice age range Young...

Corporate conversational african
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Our South African Voice Actors

At Voice Crafters you’ll find some of the best South African voice actors online!

Through our non-compromising approach to quality, we’ve gained the trust of thousands of clients since we opened our doors in 2008.

Our voice talents are 100% vetted and experienced for whatever narration you require, be it:

Or any other creative project on-hand.

You can work and interact with voice talents directly through our platform – or for larger projects, simply contact us to manage the process for you.

If you need any of these supplemental services:

  • Translation and Subtitling
  • Sync to picture
  • Sound Effects and Foley
  • Mixing & mastering,
  • Video Editing and After Effects

We’ve got you covered!

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South African English voice overs: what you need to know

South Africa has an amazing eleven official languages. As well as 25 further indigenous languages that don’t yet have official status.

English is the primary language of parliament, business and the media, but all languages have equal legal standing. English is also a compulsory subject in South African schools.

4.9 million South Africans  speak English as a first language. This adds up to 9.6% of the population and puts it in sixth place. However, most South Africans speak more than one language and English acts as a lingua franca.

The most commonly spoken language at home and outside is Zulu. But post-apartheid-era policies have  created an increase in the use of English and in multilingual individuals.

South Africa’s population stands at 56.7 million.

Language History

The British first colonized the South African region in 1795. Their goal was to control a key sea route, rather than establish a settlement. English speakers began to arrive in larger numbers from 1820.

The Dutch had been present in South Africa since 1652, when traders from the Dutch East India Company developed an outpost. This put the English in a minority and they recruited British schoolmasters and clergy to promote their language.

The Union of South Africa was formed in 1910 and, English and Dutch were the official state languages. (Dutch was later replaced by Afrikaans, its daughter language.)

South African English has evolved from British English and resembles it in many ways. However, the increasing influence of American pop-culture is making itself felt strongly.

Close Relations

South African English belongs to the same language family as Afrikaans – the Germanic family. The indigenous languages of South Africa are part of the large Bantu family. And all of South Africa’s languages have an effect on each other, borrowing the most apt words and phrases for particular situations.

Did you know:

South Africa has the second largest economy in Africa.

Accents and Voice Over Tips

South African English accents are influenced by the speaker’s mother tongue. Among people who speak English as a first language, they’re also influenced by race (White, Black, Indian, Colored) and social class. This creates a complex matrix of different accents, which can have different connotations for the listener.

Words per minute

The average speaking rate for South African English is 150 words per minute. Considering how multilingual South Africa is, try to gauge the proficiency level of your audience and go from there. The amount of information you’re trying to convey and any emotion your character is feeling will also affect the rate of speech.

Did you know:

South Africa has 10 UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites. They include the fossil hominid sites near Johannesburg, home to some of the earliest human fossils ever found.  The sites are also called the Cradle of Humankind.

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