English name: Ndebele
ISO code: nde,nbl (n/s)
Spoken in the following countries: South Africa (Official), Zimbabwe (National), Botswana
isiNdebele (Ndebele) is one of the official languages of South Africa. There are 711,821 (1.59 %) first language speakers in South Africa [2001 census data]. isiNdebele is also a major language in Zimbabwe (with an estimated 1,500,000 speakers), and there is also a small population of speakers in Botswana. There are differences between the isiNdebele varieties spoken in Zimbabwe and South Africa.