About UBuntu Bridge

If you are wanting to find the best place to start your isiXhosa learning journey, then you have arrived in the right place.  A social enterprise that blends immersion experiences with practical materials on multiple platforms, including online and mobile, we are always improving and innovating new ways to help you speak vernac languages with confidence!

Founded by Craig Makhosi Charnock in 2006

  • MakhosCraig-Profile-150x150i learnt isiMpondo (a mix of isiZulu and isiXhosa), as a young adult and is still learning today, thus everything he designs for the learners is tried, tested and tweaked, based on his own experiences and challenges.
  • His method of teaching, as found in the Audio CDs (now available as downloads on our store) and manuals has proved to be just the right formula for other adults and teens from all backgrounds taking on a third language, and his courses and audio learning products enjoy popularity with Xhosa enthusiasts around the world.


For more info on Craig’s talks and performances, please click here:  Key Note Speaker


ABOUT UBuntu Bridge

  • Started in 2005, as a social enterprise, with a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit, UBuntu Bridge has brought Xhosa and Zulu language and culture courses in Corporates, Government departments, NGOs, Schools and to adult groups from the general public.
  • We train and employ excellent Xhosa facilitators whose energy and enthusiasm inspire and motivate the learners.
  • We use innovative and creative video, online training and digital materials to provide learners with convenient, fun and engaging ways to learn Xhosa
  • Our materials are known widely as an excellent place to start learning about Xhosa  language and culture.
  • UB intends to develop accredited courses for mother tongue African language speakers to teach their own languages as a foreign language.  Essentially TEFL but for Xhosa (TXFL) and Zulu (TZFL).


Lead Facilitators

About Babalwa Nyangeni:

Babalwa-Nyangeni-150x150Babalwa is from the Eastern Cape, but lives in Cape Town and has been studying Finance at UCT. Babalwa teaches the Newlands evening beginners courses and has been a lead facilitator for UBuntu Bridge since 2008.“Babalwa was really helpful and trained us exceptionally well”.  Ruth Layman, Old Mutual.  “Babalwa was Brilliant! Enkosi sisi”.   Galiema Ait Ouaala, Old Mutual.  “It was well presented & Babalwa was such an enjoyable teacher.  Classes were fun & enlightening”.   Amanda Naidoo, Old Mutual.

About Deon Nebulane

Deon 2Deon is a trained and experienced actor who loves the stage and is a natural both in class, and on camera.  He is currently studying his Post Graduate Certificate in Education through UCT and has been a lead facilitator for UBuntu Bridge since 2010.  “Deon was a great teacher, he made sure I was relaxed and helped me learn very quickly”.  Ian M.  “Amazing tutoring and facilitation, he really walked us through it patiently and practically” Louis R, Media24.  “Deon was fantastic, passionate and committed”  Mathilda V 

About Lazola MaDuka:

lazolasolani_biopicLazola MaDuka Solani has worked extensively on radio for 2 years as a content producer and presenter discussing current affairs and social issues.  She is a trained dancer, and now a part of the UBuntu Bridge facilitator and content creator team.  She has experience as an MC, discussion panellist and a vlogger.  “I really enjoy Lazola’s facilitation.  She know how to express herself and make you feel comfortable enough to express yourself.”  Amanda, Thusano.



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2 Responses to “About UBuntu Bridge”

  1. Pumla09/04/2015 at 4:04 pm #

    I hope this finds you well. I am looking for content for my program and thought learning IsiXhosa could be interesting. I am Xhosa and I run a Xhosa Radio program but I would like you the expects to be involve. Please come back to me soonest.

    • UBuntu11/05/2015 at 10:10 am #

      Besithethe nge-imayili ke sisi! 😉