Newsletter 1: Business as (un)usual

COMPRESS.dsl: Business as (un)usual

Hi there, welcome to our first newsletter!

We just want to say hello, and let you know that COMPRESS.dsl is open and we are working furiously during these strange times. COVID-19 took the world by surprise and its impact will be felt for many years to come. Luckily for all of us at COMPRESS.dsl, working from home is a part of normal life. So, it’s been business as (un)usual on this side!


What we’ve been up to

As is usual in our field of work, we have been involved in different projects for our two sets of clients – corporates and NGOs. For our corporate clients, many of who are multinationals, the pandemic has affected them in a number of different ways, from finding deliveries delayed, to re-thinking their production pipeline, to having to close operations at several sites to protect vulnerable workers from the virus. We have assisted with annual reports and communications to stakeholders as this volatile situation progressed, sometimes with daily changes in impact and strategy.

For our non-profit clients – research NGOs, universities and advocacy groups – their services have never been needed more, at a time when, ironically, resources have been squeezed in unprecedented ways. The threat of human rights violations by police and defence forces throughout Africa led to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights issuing a statement on 24 March 2020, reminding states about their duty to promote and protect human rights even while enforcing lockdown regulations. The statement outlines all rights that should be respected by states, as contained in the African Charter, and reminds states that, in enforcing these emergency regulations in the fight against the spread of the pandemic, torture and excessive use of force cannot be justified. Local NGOs have scrambled to support the protection of the most vulnerable in our communities, be they refugees, the unemployed, women, children or those in prison. At COMPRESS.dsl we are proud to play a small part in this, assisting our clients in getting their message across in the most impactful way possible – and within increasingly stretched budgets.


Burundi 2015

E-pubs: fast, easy, Corona-beating!

We produced a book on the 2015 Burundi elections for the ex-Commissioner of the Burundi Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) just as lockdown hit South Africa. Unable to print or deliver hard copies of the publication, we produced an e-book, along with a printed option for those countries able to process physical delivery of the book. Burundi 2015 is available in French on We look forward to our next e-pub.


How can we help you?

Please do contact us for a free quotation for assistance with translation, copy-editing, graphic design, layout or proofreading of any of your corporate publications. Have a look below to see how we can help you with your next project. We can work with any sensible budget or timeline, and are keen to reach out especially to those who need our help during these exceptional times.






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