Language: sePulana
People Group: maPulana
People Group Size: 800,000
Location: South Africa
Lifestyle: Subsistence farming

Translation Time-frame: October 2022 - September 2027
Completed in Phase 1: Oral Bible translation of 40 narratives from both the Old and New Testament, and an oral and written translation of Mark
Translation Phase:
 Phase 2
Translation Goals: Oral Bible translation and transcription of the New Testament
Source Languages: Sepedi and English
Managing Partners: Wycliffe SA / Church of the Nazarene / Mapulaneng Writers' Association


Map SepulanaMapulaneng is the "Place of the Mapulana people." The language community is spread across northeastern Mpumalanga and southeastern Limpopo, with Sepulana being a non-official community language spoken by most people in Bushbuckridge. Having been marginalised during apartheid, the community community have since lobbied to have Sepulana as an official language of Mpumalanga. In 2018, a government entity agreed to use their long marginalised language in official signage, and then in 2019  the Mapulaneng Writer’s Association introduced and launched six newly published novels written in Sepulana.

There are around 30 active languages in South Africa, many of which are still waiting for the Bible to be translated into their heart language. For the Mapulana, having the scriptures available will encourage them to study God’s Word and will strengthen the work of reaching out to the unsaved among the Mapulana. The whole community is eager to give Sepulana the status it deserves.  

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John 11:1-16, The Death of Lazarus


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