Definition of bonsella in English:


(also bonsela)


South African
  • A tip or bonus.

    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘My suggestion to restaurateurs would be to divert your existing budget from the glossy guides and magazines and institute a bonsella programme.’
    • ‘Kilroe favours the Fedsure part bond, paying 15.5% from July 1, but if you are over 55 you earn a 0.5% bonsella.’
    • ‘We are nearing the festive season and I'm sure a lot of you fabulous people out there are looking for clever ways to spend your year-end bonsela.’
    gratuity, baksheesh, bonus, little extra, bit extra, present, gift, reward, inducement
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From Zulu bansela ‘express thanks with a gift’, or from umbanselo ‘small gift’.