My Publications


  1. Thabo Ditsele. 2008. Maile maila boganana (Setswana novel). Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
  2. Thabo Ditsele. 2008. Letlapa le kile la butswa (Setswana short story) In: Mashike, J.W.P. (ed). Pelo e ganne molora. Cape Town: Oxford University Press, pp 1-10.
  3. Thabo Ditsele. 2008. Ga se thaka ya gago (Setswana short story) In: Mashike, J.W.P. (ed). Pelo e ganne molora. Cape Town: Oxford University Press, pp 11-22.
  4. Thabo Ditsele. 2020. From an obscure village to around the world (Volume 1: The Americas) (non-fiction; narration of author’s trips to Brazil, USA and Canada). Pretoria: Preflight Books.

Book Chapter(s)

  1. Thabo Ditsele. 2022. Locating Sepitori in relation to South Africa’s youth language practices: An overview. In: Groff, C. et al. (eds). Global perspectives on youth language practices. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 105–120.

Journal Articles

  1. Thabo Ditsele & Charles C. Mann. 2014. Language contact in urban settings in Africa: The case of Sepitori in Tshwane. South African Journal of African Languages, 34(2): 159-169.
  2. Thabo Ditsele. 2014. Why not use Sepitori to enrich the vocabularies of Setswana and Sepedi? Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 32(2): 215-228.
  3. Thabo Ditsele. 2016. Attitudes held by Setswana L1-speaking university students toward their L1: New variables. South African Journal of African Languages, 36(1): 1-13.
  4. Thabo Ditsele & Ellen Hurst. 2016. Travelling terms and local innovations: The tsotsitaal of the North West province, South Africa. Literator, 37(2): Online, 8 pages.
  5. Thabo Ditsele. 2017. Testing the impact of known variables on the attitudes held by Setswana L1-speaking students toward their L1. Literator, 38(1): Online, 15 pages.
  6. Thabo Ditsele. 2017. The promotion of Setswana through Hip Hop and motswakolistas. Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa, 14(1-2): 1-14.
  7. Nontobeko T. Mbatha, Thabo Ditsele, Linda van Huyssteen & Christopher Rwodzi. 2018. A survey of undergraduate students’ attitudes towards studying isiZulu at university. Literator, 39(1): Online, 9 pages.
  8. Pedro Álvarez-Mosquera, Elirea Bornman & Thabo Ditsele. 2018. Residents’ perspectives on Sepitori, a mixed language spoken in greater Pretoria, South Africa. Sociolinguistic Studies, 12(3-4): 439-459.
  9. Yanga L.P. Majola, Thabo Ditsele & Madoda Cekiso. 2019. Learners’ attitudes towards the recognition and development of isiBhaca in the education space in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Literator, 40(1): Online, 10 pages.
  10. Thabo Ditsele. 2019. Assessing social media submissions presented as Sepitori on #LearnPitori. Arusha Working Papers in African Linguistics, 2: 1-21.
  11. Valencia K. Wagner, Thabo Ditsele & Mary M. Makgato. 2020. Influence of Sepitori on standard Setswana of its home language learners at three Tshwane townships. Literator, 41(1): Online, 7 pages.
  12. Tebogo Macucwa, Thabo Ditsele & Mary M. Makgato. 2020. Using Setswana in business transactions in the clothing industry at the West Rand District Municipality in Gauteng.The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 16(1): Online, 10 pages.
  13. Matefu L. Mabela, Charles C. Mann & Thabo Ditsele. 2020. Language and discourse in contemporary South African politics: A critical discourse analysis. Multilingual Matters: Studies in the languages of Africa, 51(3): 108-129.
  14. Thabo Ditsele. 2021. Attitudes toward language use in education: A legacy of colonisation and apartheid in South Africa. Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics, 4: 30-40.
  15. Kgomotso J. Tshotetsi, Thabo Ditsele & Linda van Huyssteen. 2021. The state of Setswana at Itsoseng, a black township in the North West province, South Africa. Arusha Working Papers in African Linguistics, 3(1): 3-21.
  16. Thato C. Phega & Thabo Ditsele. 2021. Attitudes towards Afrikaans as a First Additional Language: A case of one high school in Pretoria West, South Africa. Arusha Working Papers in African Linguistics, 3(1): 22-39.
  17. Zempilo S. Gumede, Linda van Huyssteen & Thabo Ditsele. 2021. A morphological and lexical analysis of Mandeni urban vernacular. South African Journal of African Languages, 41(1): 105-112.
  18. Abel L. Mohlahlo & Thabo Ditsele. 2022. Exploring multilingualism at national department level in South Africa post the Use of Official Languages Act of 2012. Literator, 43(1): Online, 9 pages.
  19. Lungisani X. Khumalo, Thabo Ditsele & Christopher Rwodzi. Forthcoming. Communication challenges faced by customers who are less proficient in English and Afrikaans at two South African state-owned enterprises. Literator.
  20. Mashadi Masha-Sambo, Tilla Olifant, Madoda Cekiso & Thabo Ditsele. Forthcoming. An investigation of the language attitudes, identity, and power perspectives of isiZulu home language speaking students toward isiZulu and other Black South African languages. South African Journal of African Languages.
  21. Matefu L. Mabela & Thabo Ditsele. Forthcoming. Perceptions towards the development Black South African languages for use in basic education in South Africa. South African Journal of African Languages.
  22. Khutso A. Malatji, Charles C. Mann & Thabo Ditsele. Forthcoming. Attitudes of Xitsonga L1 urban youth toward accents of the rural elderly. South African Journal of African Languages.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Thabo Ditsele. 2014. Sepitori: A Pretoria mixed language that could be used to revive interest in two BSALs in South Africa. Proceedings of Airlangga University International Conference on Linguistics. Surabaya, Indonesia: Airlangga University: 123-127.

Media Publications

  1. Thabo Ditsele. 2009. Suburban schools don’t care about African tongues. The Sunday Times, 20 September 2009.
  2. Thabo Ditsele. 2012. Sepitori: The language of Tshwane. Folio Translations’ website, 11th edition, November 2012.
  3. Thabo Ditsele. 2013. Making a case for Sepitori language. Pretoria News, 5 September 2013.
  4. Thabo Ditsele. 2013. Merit in indigenous language policy. Pretoria News, 21 September 2013.
  5. Thabo Ditsele. 2022. Lack of equity and over-emphasis on isiZulu hampers further development of other African languages. Daily Maverick, 6 October 2022.
  6. Thabo Ditsele. 2022. It was a tongue-in-cheek, so why the anger over Charlize Theron’s comments. News24, 21 November 2022.
  7. Thabo Ditsele & Gilbert Motsaathebe. 2023. Of titles and honour. Daily Maverick. 12 January. 
  8. Phumla Mkize. 2023. Parents decry lack of options as pupils struggle with Afrikaans. Sunday World. 19 February (Thabo Ditsele was a contributing writer to the the article.) 

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