Southern Ndebele (isiNdebele)
Southern Ndebele (isiNdebele) is spoken by about 2 million
people in South Africa, where it is one of the official languages.
Most of the speakers can be found in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng
and North West provinces. About 586,000 people speak Southern
Ndebele as a first language, and another 1.4 million speak it
as a second language.
Speakers of Ndebele are known as amaNdebele and between
in 1981 a semi-autonomous homeland known as KwaNdebele was established
for them in the north east of South Africa. Before then their language
had been marginalised and they were discouraged from using it in
public. They prefered to use Zulu, which they learnt at school.
KwaNdebele became part of Mpumalanga province in 1994.
Southern Ndebele pronunciation
Abantu bonke bazalwa bekhululekile njalo belingana kumalungelo abo.
Balesipho sikanembeza, ngakho bamele baphathane ngomoya otshengisa
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