07 June 2010

Morena is Sesotho for "king"

Cape Argus: Come on, let's belt out the anthem

Do you know the words of the national anthem?

Not just the tune, but can you confidently belt it out beyond the first two verses, not stumbling on the Sesotho line "Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso" and fading at the "O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho", before picking up robustly on "Uit die blou van onse hemel".

06 June 2010

Matekoane is Sesotho for "dagga"

Lesotho's people plead with South Africa to annex their troubled country | World news | The Observer

In 1980, Lesotho produced 80% of the cereals it consumed. Now it imports 70%. The only real cash crop is marijuana, grown between rows of maize and smuggled to South Africa on donkeys. Drug cultivation is such a lifeline that the children clothed and fed with its proceeds have a name: bana bamatekoane (children of marijuana).
Bana is children, and the ba being a possessive preposition, of in this case.
Bana ba Lesotho, The Children of Lesotho
Bana ba ka, My Children

04 June 2010

Mangaung: Lengau means leopard/cheetah in Sesotho

Stadium guide: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Sports - Football - ibnlive

Bloemfontein is situated in the municipality of Mangaung, which means 'Place of the Cheetahs' in the seSotho language and this is where you will find the Free State Stadium, home to the country's most fanatical group of supporters.

Ed: Lengau (singular), Mangau (plural)