Venda

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A language of South Africa

Alternate Names
Chivenda, Tshivenda
Population

1,210,000 in South Africa (2011 census), increasing. Population total all countries: 1,294,000. L2 users: 1,700,000 in South Africa.

Location

Limpopo Province.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1996, Constitution, Article 6(1)).

Dialects

Guvhu, Ilafuri (West Venda), Lembetu, Manda (Central Venda), Mbedzi (East Venda), Phani, Ronga (Southeast Venda), Tavha-Tsindi.

Language Use

The Lembaa are a Venda-speaking Jewish people claiming Falasha descent.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Fairly low. Radio programs. Bible: 1936.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Jewish (Lembaa).

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