The head of the Tshivenda National Lexicology Unit (TNLU) at the University of Venda, Mr Shumani Tshikota, said the unit had distributed hundreds of copies of the three new Tshivenda dictionaries to many institutions and schools in the country.

He has, however, cited budget constraints as limiting them in their aims.

In an interview with this paper, Tshikota said it took them three years to complete the recent project. This project included two bilingual dictionaries, one with idioms and the other one of proverbs in Tshivenda and English, while the third is a monolingual dictionary of the Tshivenda language. He added that the monolingual dictionary is the first of its kind in the history of the Venda people.