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.
Now he whispers a word to the indunas. 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.
It was a few days after this last occurrence that Ignosi held his great "indaba," or council, and was formally recognised as king by the "indunas," or head men, of Kukuanaland.
The community nurses should share information to the community headmen "indunas" and chiefs through their meeting about the availability and acceptability of male student midwives in maternity wards.
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 induna asked.
The indunas said that all harmful cultural practices must be stopped and human rights and the Constitution of Namibia must be respected.
African townships and infrastructure in Bulawayo were named after Ndebele royalty, army commanders (indunas) and places in Zululand where the Ndebeles had originated from.
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.