South African National Anthem Lyrics

“National Anthem of South Africa” is the national anthem of South Africa and the South African national anthem lyrics were written by Enoch Sontonga and C. J. Langenhoven and the music to the South African national anthem was composed by Enoch Sontonga and Marthinus Lourens de Villiers.

The National Anthem Lyrics for South Africa

“National Anthem of South Africa” was officially adopted as the national anthem of South Africa in the year of 1997.


South African National Anthem Lyrics in Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika (Xhosa Lyrics)
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo, (Xhosa Lyrics)
Yizwa imithandazo yethu, (Zulu Lyrics)
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo. (Zulu Lyrics)

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso, (Sesotho Lyrics)
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho, (Sesotho Lyrics)
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso, (Sesotho Lyrics)
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika. (Sesotho Lyrics)

Uit die blou van onse hemel, (Afrikaans Lyrics)
Uit die diepte van ons see, (Afrikaans Lyrics)
Oor ons ewige gebergtes, (Afrikaans Lyrics)
Waar die kranse antwoord gee, (Afrikaans Lyrics)

Sounds the call to come together, (English Lyrics)
And united we shall stand, (English Lyrics)
Let us live and strive for freedom, (English Lyrics)
In South Africa our land. (English Lyrics)

South African National Anthem Lyrics Meaning in English

God Bless Africa
Raise high Her glory
Hear our Prayers
God bless us, we her children

God protect our nation
End all wars and tribulations
Protect us, protect our nation
Our nation South Africa – South Africa

From the blue of our heaven
From the depths of our sea,
Over our eternal mountain ranges
Where the cliffs give answer

Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

South African National Anthem Lyrics

When is South African National Anthem Played or Sung?

National anthem of South Africa is normally played or sung throughout national holidays, particularly on the independence day celebrations in South Africa. It is also performed throughout cultural and other festivals in South Africa, usually marking off the beginning or completion of such celebrations.

National anthem of South Africa is also frequently carried out in global sporting events, such as the Olympic Games as well school sport occasions.


What is the importance of South African National Anthem in South Africa?

The national anthem of South Africa, like other national signs of South Africa, embodies the tradition, past history, and beliefs of South Africa and its individuals. Thus, it helps evoke feelings of patriotism amongst the South African people and reminds them of their South Africa’s splendor, charm, and abundant heritage.

It also assists unite the people of South Africa by one single tune or music. During the performance of the South African national anthem, citizens of South Africa, despite their ethnic distinctions, rise in unity and listen diligently or sing the song with fantastic determination.

Sports men and women from South Africa also feel a great minute of delight when they receive a medal at a worldwide sporting occasion while South Africa’s national anthem is played in the background. It provides a sensation of having made their country proud. Students who listen to the national anthem of South Africa in schools learn to appreciate their nation and establish a spirit of unity among themselves.