Zulu Find

Thola.  To find something or someone. It could be lost or you can just come across something.  It could also be wages or salaries.  How much do you get a month?

Tho – la.  The first part is pronounced as in talk, the second part as in lark.

A girl’s name.  The loose meaning would be:  she has been found.  Maybe the family wanted a daughter.  It could also be that a relative who is in the army was presumed dead.  A baby girl born when he comes home could be named Tholakele in his honour.
Ba-thola malini ngesonto?
How much do they earn a week?
U-thola malini nge-nyanga.
How much do you earn a month?
Where did you find it?
Ngiyi-thole e-khishini.
I found it in the kitchen.
Ngiyi-thole e-khaya.
I found it at home.
Ngiyi-thole e-Canada.
I found it in Canada.
Ngiyi-thole kwi-internet
I found it online (internet).
U-thole malini?
How much did you get?
Ngi-thole $500.
I got $500.
U-Janvir uthole ithikithi loku-paka.
Janvir got a parking ticket.
Please note:  When you meet someone from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, South Africa, the whole southern region in fact, ask them what their names mean.  There is a reason why parents gave them those names.

Nonqaba waka Msimang is the author of the South African novel, Sweetness.


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