Translate.org.za and its community of volunteer translators have customised Mozilla's popular Firefox Web browser to support Zulu.
This is the culmination of work that started in 2009 through Translate's participation in the African Network for Localisation (ANLoc), a project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
One day after the global release of Firefox 4 on 22 March 2011, the Web started buzzing with many conversations, blogs and comments about new features in the browser. Now, Zulu-speaking South Africans can join the conversation.
About 10% of South Africa's population – 5-million people – are Internet users. Less than 10% of South Africans' mother tongue is English. By looking at the facts and figures and realising the need to get more South Africans online, Translate.org.za started developing a number of language extensions for Firefox.
The browser is also available in North Sotho, South African English and Afrikaans.