Pretoria Sotho

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Pretoria Sotho
Native to South Africa
Region Pretoria; Tshwane
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None

Pretoria Sotho (affectionately called Sepitori by its speakers)[2] is the urban lingua franca of Pretoria and the Tshwane metropolitan area in South Africa. It is a combination of Tswana and Northern Sotho (Pedi), with influences from Tsotsitaal and other black South African languages. It is spoken by most black residents of all ages and levels of education in Tshwane, though it is most commonly used in informal situations, it is also used in schools and at political events, where people have different language backgrounds. Standard Tswana and Northern Sotho are not commonly used in schools except in Tswana and Northern Sotho classes. Pretoria Sotho (or Sepitori) is mutually intelligible with Tswana and Northern Sotho.


  1. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  2. ^ Ditsele & Mann 2014
  • Ditsele, T. 2014. Why not use Sepitori to enrich the vocabularies of Setswana and Sepedi? Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 32(2): 215-228.
  • Ditsele, T. & Mann, C. C. 2014. Language contact in African urban settings: The case of Sepitori in Tshwane. South African Journal of African Languages, 34(2): 159-169.
  • Webb, Lapota, & Ramagoshi (2004) "Northern Sotho as medium of instruction", in Bromber & Smieja, eds., Globalisation and African Languages: Risks and Benefits