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Ethnologue ISO-639-1 ve
ISO-639-3 ven
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Tshivenda is also known as Venda and Spoken in the following countries: South Africa (Official), Zimbabwe

Venda is one of the official languages of South Africa and is a member of the Bantu/Nguni family of languages. It is spoken by about a million people in the South African province of Limpopo, and by about 150,000 people in Zimbabwe.

According to the 2011 census, Venda speakers are concentrated in the following areas; Makhado Local Municipality, 350 000 people. Thulamela Local Municipality, 370 000 people. Musina Local Municipality, 35 000 and Mutale Local Municipality, 89 000. The total number of speakers in Vhembe district currently stands 844 000. In Gauteng province, there are 275 000 Venda speakers. Fewer or less than 10 000 people are spread across South Africa and that makes total number of Venda speakers in South Africa at 1.2 million people or just 2.2% of South Africa's population, making Venda speakers the second smallest minority language in South Africa, after the Ndebele language, which number 1.1. million speakers.


Further reading[edit]

  • Bilingo is an exciting new South African dictionary. Suitable for school, home and work, this valuable online resource offers a unique opportunity for anyone to broaden their vocabulary and to learn about South Africa's languages