A language of Botswana

Alternate Names
Chuwau, Chware, G||abake, Gabake-Ntshori, Haitshuari, Hietshware, Hiochuwau, Hiotshuwau, Kwe, Kwe-Etshori Kwee, Kwe-Tshori, Tati, Tati Bushman, Tshuwau, Tshwa

3,000 in Botswana (2006). Population total all countries: 6,540.


Central district: especially Mahalapye and Serowe subdistricts; northeast Kweneng district, extending into bordering areas in Ghanzi and Kgatleng districts; primarily cattleposts and settlements.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Language Use

Used by few children. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15–29 years 25% in Tswana [tsn], 20% in English; 30–54 years 2% in Tswana, 2% in English; 55 and older 0%.
Other Comments

Nomadic. Traditional religion, Christian.

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