Translation: South African National Anthem (English)

The South African National Anthem
(Various Translations)

Our National Anthem is usually (if not always) translated only into English. This being a country with 11 official languages and a people majority of whom do not speak English as their first language, its translation into other languages might help people understand and enjoy it. I have started with as many languages as I can. The rest will hopefully follow as you send in your own translations.

The following translations will almost inevitable have mistakes. I tried – using my relatively limited knowledge of most South African languages and relying heavily on online translations and dictionaries – to give translations to fit my understanding of the Anthem, so they will almost inevitably have many mistakes. The purpose of this project is not so much to provide accurate translations as it is to provide a basis from which to start. Corrections & discussions are very much encouraged.


[Official Anthem]:

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo.
Yizwa imithandazo yethu
Nkosi, sikelela,
Thina, lusapho lwayo.

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho
O se boloke, O se boloke
Setjhaba sa heso
Setjhaba sa South Africa

South Africa!

Uit die blou van onse hemel
Uit die diepte van ons seë
Oor ons ewige gebergtes
Waar die kranse antwoord gee;

Sounds the call to come together
And united we shall stand
Le us live and strive for freedom
In South Africa, our land!


[English Translation – The South African National Anthem]:

God [Lord] bless Africa!
May her spirit/dignity [horn] be lifted up
Hear our prayers
Lord, bless (us)
We, her children [family]

Lord, protect our nation
Banish all wars and hardships
Protect us [it], protect it
This nation of ours
The nation of South Africa

South Africa!

From the blue of our heavens
From the depths of our sea
Over our eternal mountains
Where the cliffs give answer;

Sounds the call to come together
And united we shall stand
Let us live and strive for freedom
In South Africa, our land!


The Anthem:
Vocals Only:


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