What can you expect when the christening is with the Truth Commission.
A horrendous, sad, trying, traumatic but fulfilling. experience with transcribers typing through the night, earphones plugged into ears and tales of unbelievable hope, sadness and fraught with agony causing tears to roll down without even knowing it. During the process our most beloved Bishop Tutu had us for tea, with our visually impaired typists who were able to partake in this exercise as well as the old experienced typists. We told him our tale and he hugged us and cajoled us as we felt we had been forgotten in this process, but years and years later at a breakfast talk we approached him and he remembered our exact words – typists typing in the night and tears running down their cheeks. Justice Goldstone wrote us the most wonderful letter thanking us for our great service in one of his investigations. A great moment that we celebrated thoroughly.
We continued our fight, through the late Dullah Omar who carried our cause to the Dept of Justice where the contract had not been advertised for 20 years and that was the awakening moment. This all women, crazy company was in the public domain for the first time receiving the contract for Magistrates courts in the Eastern and Western Cape.
Rapidly following on this were the different commissions. We quietly cried with Hansie Cronje as we recorded his memorable words. We had to replace our stenographer as she was too emotional to continue. How can words describe our emotions we faced head-on.
Then we had the Taxi commission where the same stenographer commented to one of the whistleblowers, watch out you will be taken out, and within 2 weeks he was dead. What a sad time for us all.
We transcribed the Robben Island Museum/University of Connecticut joint venture for the veterans and the records at the Robben Island Museum are testimony to that. At this time we met so many of the struggle members : it was incredible.
We had the commission for renaming streets in CT and we were on our way.
We have done countless high profile highly confidential hearings and transcriptions. Some so sad and some so embarrassingly amusing but professionalism is always the key.
Our clients come from all over the world. From Research into music in Zimbabwe, to research from Denmark and Sweden Depositions through video links with America in private residences and even on board battleships – we were there.
Our experience is unlimited and we are still learning, but our confidentiality and professionalism are unquestionable.
Veritas has highly qualified digital and mechanical stenographers to record either on CD or on sophisticated security machines. We offer transcribing at various turn around times from 1-2 weeks to overnight “real-time” as it is called in the transcription jargon.
Veritas offers on-site “minute-taking” with minutes of Conferences, private meetings, board meetings etc, available overnight or within 5 days. It is Clients’ call.
Over the last 20 years we have employed professional appeals clerks who prepare appeals from Magistrate’s court to High court; from High Court to Full Bench; to The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein and finally to the Consititutional Court.
As an all women organisation, fully BEE compliant we are proud of our contribution to the profession. We are an inspiring example of tenacity and the ability to melt all ethnic groups into a coherent and dominant player in this field.
All our staff take part in social upliftment, be it Blisters for Bread; assisting with Abused Women and Children groups; computer training for those who cannot afford it and go the extra mile for those who need help to obtain transcripts of their CCMA or Disciplinary hearings when they cannot afford it. We too are very proud of our employment of the visually impaired in this line of work.