Requests for new languages/Wikipedia North Ndebele

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This language has been verified as eligible.
The language is eligible for a project, which means that the subdomain can be created once there is an active community and a localized interface, as described in the language proposal policy. You can discuss the creation of this language project on this page.

Once the criteria are met, the language committee can proceed with the approval and will verify the test project content with a reliable neutral source, such as a professor or expert.

If you think the criteria are met, but the project is still waiting for approval, feel free to notify the committee and ask them to consider its approval.

A committee member provided the following comment:

Please contribute to the test project. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:16, 14 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Language code nd (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name North Ndebele Language name in English
Language name isiNdebele saseNyakatho Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q35613 - item has currently the following values:
Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Directionality LTR Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

Project name "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads no Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (3) Uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info). (4) Localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons.
Optional settings
Project logo This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Continent/City "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example, a Wikisource would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk", "Author", "Author talk".
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit Phabricator task. It will include everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings. After creating the task, add a link to the comment.



Ndebele or isiNdebele is the second most spoken language in Zimbabwe. Ndebele is very similar to isiZulu, from South Africa as this is the same language with some minor variations. Northern Ndebele came to be, as a migration of Mzilikazi who left the Zulu-Land to settle North of KwaZulu Natal as it is said he was running away from Shaka the Zulu king's oppression. As Mzilikazi was traveling north he traded wives and I am guessing ideas with different tribes he came across as he looked for land to settle in. The land he settled in, he named mathebele land. In this land, where in, majority Zulus', and there where a mixture of Xhosas', vendas', Sothos, Stwanas all from what is no South Africa, and from the west he collected the Khalangas. When the British came to colonies Africa they segregated the mathebele people who initialy belonged to South Africa and Bostwana, to live with the shona people who now are claiming both their land which is mashona land and also claiming mathebele land which was land for the collective of Mandebele as the British had demarcated it as a whole, as then was called great Zimbabwe.


@Mabhenats: There have two Ndebele languages, a Northern one (used in Zimbabwe, code: nd) and a Southern one (used in South Africa, code: nr). Which one are you requesting? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 03:09, 14 August 2015 (UTC)[reply]
OK seems you're requesting North, so let's clarify this? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 08:30, 13 August 2016 (UTC)[reply]