Fanagalo in South Africa


Also known as Fanakalo, Fanekolo, Piki, isiPiki, isiKula, Lololo, isiLololo, Pidgin Bantu, Basic Zulu and Silunguboi Introduction

Fanagalo was established as a lingua franca between between speakers of various languages found in South Africa and was mainly used in mines throughout the country. It can be viewed as a pidgin and is basically simplified version of Zulu (and Xhosa) and related languages with adaptations of modern terms from English, Dutch and Afrikaans. About 70% of the lexicon is from Zulu. It evolved from contact between European settlers and African people especially in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and later also in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and even Malawi. It is easy to learn this language, yet it is important to note that it is not a artificially-manufactured language.


Pidgin based on Zulu Family: Bantu (or rather Ntu) Language Family Group: South Eastern Bantu (or rather Ntu) Subgroup: Nguni

VARIETIES of Fanagalo:

Fanakalo/Fanagalo (South Africa), Cikabanga (Zambia) and Chilapalapa (Zimbabwe)


No first language speakers. Some speakers who use it on mines in Southern Africa.