Definition of bonsella in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɒnˈsɛlə/
(also bonsela)


South African
A tip or bonus.
Example sentences
  • My suggestion to restaurateurs would be to divert your existing budget from the glossy guides and magazines and institute a bonsella programme.
  • This is worth R2 billion: ‘In the case of a company like South African Breweries, for example, this meant a tax bonsela of more than R500,000 a day for a year’.
  • Kilroe favours the Fedsure part bond, paying 15.5% from July 1, but if you are over 55 you earn a 0.5% bonsella.


From Zulu bansela 'express thanks with a gift', or from umbanselo 'small gift'.

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