A Bible in !Xun



To translate the complete Bible in !Xun, a San language.


  • Approximately 4 000 San who speak !Xun live in Platfontein, near Kimberley in the Northern Cape. This group is primarily from Angola and have 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 who operate in the areas where the San live, a decision was made that the Bible Society of South Africa would undertake the translation of the Bible into !Xun.
  • A translation team comprised of three members and a Review Committee of approximately 20 members started the translation in 2018. The Review Committee includes mother-tongue speakers as well as members of the Pan South African Language Board.


Expected impact
  • A Bible will be made available in the heart language of !Xun speakers in South Africa, Angola and Namibia.


How can you help?

R712 133 is needed to ensure that the translation of the Bible in !Xun can continue this year.

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Bank: ABSA
Account number: 260 208 950
Branch Code: 632-005

* Please use reference code: 1017


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