National anthem of South Africa

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First verse, first two lines in Xhosa (with translation)


Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Lord bless Africa
May her glory be lifted high,

First verse, last two lines in Zulu (with translation)


Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho Iwayo.
Hear our prayers
Lord bless us, your children.

Second verse in Sesotho (with translation)


Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa, South Afrika, South Afrika.
Lord we ask You to protect our nation,
Intervene and end all conflicts,
Protect us, protect our nation,
Protect South Africa, South Africa.

Third verse in Afrikaans (with translation)


Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
From the blue of our skies,
From the depths of our seas,
Over our everlasting mountains,
Where the echoing crags resound,

Fourth verse in English


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

Song Details


  • Adopted : 1997
  • Country : South Africa
  • Language(s) : Xhosa , Zulu , Afrikaans , English

  • Team Members


  • Lyrics : Enoch Sontonga, 1897
  • Lyrics : C. J. Langenhoven, 1918
  • Lyrics : Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, 1995
  • Music : Enoch Sontonga, 1897
  • Music : Marthinus Lourens de Villiers, 1921 (arranged by M. Kumhalo and Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, 1995)
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