1,550,000 in Zimbabwe (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Total users in all countries: 1,563,970.
Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South provinces; Bulawayo area; Midlands and Mashonaland West provinces: Gokwe South, Kwekwe, Gueru, Shurugwi, Mberengwa, and Kadoma districts.
3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.
None known. Reportedly similar to Zulu [zul].
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Ndebele [nbl] of Transvaal, South Africa.