(also known as BaPedi, Bamaroteng, Marota, Basotho, Northern Sotho) – in its broadest sense – is a cultural/linguistic term. Northern Sotho
is used to describe the entire set of people speaking various dialects of the Sotho language
who live in the Limpopo Province
of South Africa.
The Northern Sotho have been subdivided into the high-veld Sotho, which are comparatively recent immigrants mostly from the west and southwest, and the low-veld Sotho, who combine immigrants from the north with inhabitants of longer standing. The high-veld Sotho include the BaPedi Marota (in the narrower sense), Marota Mamone, Marota Mohlaletsi, Phokwane, Batau BoPedi (Matlebjane, Masemola, Marishane, Batau ba Manganeng - Nkadimeng, Kgaphola, Nchabeleng, Mogashoa, Phaahla, Seloane, Mphanama), Bakone, Baphuthi, Baroka, Bakgaga (Mphahlele, Maake, Mothapo), Chuene, Mathabatha, Kone (Ga-Matlala), Maserumule, Tlou (Ga-Molepo), Thobejane (Ga-Mafefe), Dikgale, Batlokwa, Makgoba, Batlou, Bahananwa (Ga-Mmalebogo), Babirwa, Mmamabolo, Ba-Ntwane, BaMongatane, Bakwena ba Moletjie (Moloto), Batlhaloga, BaMohlala, Banareng and many others. The low-veld Sotho include the Lobedu, Narene, Phalaborwa, Mogoboya, Kone, Kgakga, Pulana, Pai, and Kutswe. Groups are named by using the names of totemic animals and, sometimes, by alternating or combining these with the names of famous chiefs. Read more...