induna

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induna

(ɪnˈduːnə)
n
(in South Africa) a Black African overseer in a factory, mine, etc
[C20: from Zulu nduna an official]
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Suddenly Chaka was seen stalking through the ranks, followed by his captains, his indunas, and by me.
The indunas run; they whisper to Menziwa the general and to the captains; then two regiments rush down the hill, two more run to the right, and yet another two to the left.
Confused or not, many of the women workers at Frametex, like Mkhize, when faced with the intimidating demands of White managers, indunas, security personnel and liaison committee members--nearly all of them men--to join the TWIU and the competing entreaties of union activists beyond the gates and their fellow women workers at Kranzkloof, chose the independent union.
After a search party had failed to locate him, one of the pro-Lobengula indunas tried to break the obduracy of the anti-Lobengula faction with what, to me, deserves to go into the Guinness Book of Records for its sheer perspicacity: "Why bring him back [meaning Nkulumani]?
The indunas said that all harmful cultural practices must be stopped and human rights and the Constitution of Namibia must be respected.
Indunas had long been the subject of union criticism at West division and problems arose in regard to senior black mine officials at East division as well.
For example, all the indunas are either directly involved in the different committees in their village, or appoint or nominate a representative.
According to village indunas, most Namibian settlements were considered seasonal (61 percent), while most Zambian settlements were considered permanent (61 percent).
Extensive consultation with the amakhosi, indunas, women's groups, community leaders plus imbizos at churches, schools and NGO sites had led to the formation of community research groups that now met regularly to discuss the impending study.
The old man received me cordially but sternly asked, "Why were you there [at the Svikiro ceremony], where they were invoking the ancestors, instead of here, where we assembled the Indunas (community leaders) and their people to pray to God for rain?