The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, through his Foundation, is partnering with the Roman Catholic Church to translate the original Greek and Hebrew bible to IsiZulu.
The project was expected to take at least three years to ensure accuracy and no omissions as happened when it was translated from English.
President Jacob Zuma donated R500,000 on Sunday on behalf of the foundation. The project would be headed by Bishop Mlungisi Dlungwane of Mariannhill in KwaZulu-Natal.
“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 business people to contribute to the project.
ABOUT THE JACOB ZUMA FOUNDATION:
Before becoming the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma had established the JG Zuma Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) Educational Trust, as a result of his recognition and personal deep concern for the plight of the poor, particularly people in under developed rural areas.
The Trust enables children, whose poverty prevents their education, to attend school and have the opportunity to obtain a tertiary qualification.