A Bible for the people of Platfontein




Platfontein, near Kimberley in the Northern Cape, is the home of about 4 000 San who speak !Xhun. This group is primarily from Angola and already lived in South Africa for longer than 20 years.

Furthermore, about 10 000 to 15 000 speakers of this language are still living in Angola and Namibia.

The group in Platfontein has a school, a church and a radio station, but not a Bible. Scripture reading is done from the Luchazi Bible (a language of Angola) and Afrikaans. The children, however, no longer understand Luchazi.

After thorough research, in co-operation with the Bible Societies of Namibia and Botswana, as well as other Bible translation agencies that operate in the areas where the San live, a decision was taken that the Bible Society of South Africa would undertake the translation of the Bible into !Xhun.

This project will begin in 2018 and the focus in particular will be on the compilation of the translation brief and the appointment and training of translators. Bible translation remains a long, expensive and laborious process, but the eventual result is a Bible in the heart language of people.

Your contribution can help to ensure that the Bible is available in the language of people that have never had this privilege.

Pray for:
  • the compilation of the translation team
  • the co-operation of the church and other organisations.