The Swazi people originated from the Pongola river valley in KwaZulu-Natal. They were ruled there by King Dlamini I (1750 to 1770). They were driven up by the Zulus. From 1903 to 1968 Swaziland was under British control.
Even though the language Siswati is closely related to IsiZulu a lot has been done in the last quarter of a century to enforce the differences between the languages for the sake of standardization of Siswati - especially in Swaziland but also in South Africa due to political reasons.
Family: Bantu (or rather Ntu) Language Family
Group: South Eastern Bantu (or rather Ntu)
Subgroup: Nguni (Tekela Subgroup)
VARIETIES: Thithiza and Yeyeza
Around 1 013 193 people in South Africa use it as their home language.
|General words & phrases|
|Example of texts|
|Unesco Language Survey|
Africanlanguages.com: Siswati - short introduction
Batho Portal: Siswati - introduction to the people (only in Siswati)
SiSwati Radio Station
© J. Olivier (2009)