Sepedi (more precisely Northern Sotho) is one of the official languages of South Africa. It belongs to the Bantu family of languages. Northern Sotho is used in the Transvaal region of South Africa. Sepedi, is the language of the Bapedi (Pedi people). Historically, what is now the official language has been based primarily on Sepedi, as the missionaries who developed the orthography mainly had contact with the Bapedi. Generally, when referring to the official language, it is preferable to use the term Northern Sotho. When referring to the language of the Bapedi, the correct term is Sepedi.

Map of Sepedi language speakers.
Map of Sepedi language speakers.

Basic stats

First language : 4.2 million

Main Country: South Africa

Alternate names: Pedi, Transvaal Sotho, Sotho-Northern

ISO 639-3 Code: nso

Language Sample

Batho ka moka ba belegwe ba lokologile le gona ba na le seriti sa go lekana le ditokelo. Ba filwe monagano le letswalo mme ba swanetše go swarana ka moya wa bana ba mpa.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Sepedi:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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