‘Hlakile’ means ‘clear’ and also ‘bright’ in Sesotho.

Sesotho is the indigenous language spoken in the area in which I grew up.


Sesotho, or Southern Sotho, is part of the Sotho language subgroup within the South-Eastern group of the Ntu (Bantu) language family. Other languages in the Sotho subgroup include Setswana (also known as Tswana or Western Sotho) and Sesotho sa Leboa (also known as Northern Sotho or by the dialect name Sepedi). The language is spoken in the Kingdom of Lesotho as well as throughout South Africa. In South Africa the language is concentrated in the Free State province, the northern part of the Eastern Cape province and the south of the Gauteng province. It is also spoken in the vicinity of Pretoria and Brits. Very small language communities also exist in Namibia and Zambia.


Language Variety

Language varieties of this language include Sekwena, Sephuthi, Setlokwa and Setaung in the central region; Sekgolokwe in the north eastern region as well as Serotse (Selozi). Traditionally it was thought the Sesotho spoken in Qwaqwa (former Basotho homeland in South Africa) and Lesotho was the purest form of the language. Yet no language can exist in total isolation and even there influence from other languages as well as language change has taken place. It has therefore happened that loan words and influences have been taken from neighbouring Nguni languages such as isiZulu and isiXhosa as well as European languages such as English and Afrikaans (a Germanic language that developed in Southern Africa from seventeenth century Dutch).


Taken from: http://www.sesotho.web.za/


And that is just one language group – ours is truly a ‘Rainbow Nation’