Jacob Zuma Foundation donates R500 000 for a new Zulu bible

2014-01-06 11:01

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The Jacob Zuma Foundation has teamed up with the Roman Catholic Church to translate the original Greek and Hebrew bible into isiZulu.

The project is expected to take at least three years to ensure accuracy and no omissions as happened when it was translated from English, The Star reported today.

President Jacob Zuma donated R500 000 to the project on behalf of the foundation yesterday. The project will be headed by Bishop Mlungisi Dlungwane of Mariannhill in KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma applauded the 32 people who will undertake the task saying that it would change people’s lives, the paper reported.

“The Bible is a holy book. That is why believers should get the gist of it as it is, and it needs to be translated properly,” Zuma was quoted as saying.

“Zulu should not climb on top of other languages, but what is written should be translated directly from that language into Zulu.”

He encouraged businesspeople to contribute to the project.

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