Talana, KwaZulu-Natal

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Talana is located in KwaZulu-Natal
 Talana shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Talana is located in South Africa
Talana (South Africa)
Talana is located in Africa
Talana (Africa)
Coordinates: 28°10′41″S 30°15′18″E / 28.178°S 30.255°E / -28.178; 30.255Coordinates: 28°10′41″S 30°15′18″E / 28.178°S 30.255°E / -28.178; 30.255
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Umzinyathi
Municipality Endumeni
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
PO box 3023

Talana is a village 5 km east of Dundee on the route between Vryheid and Glencoe. The name is Zulu and derives from the shelf, made of itala grass, around the central pole in a Zulu chief's home. This Talana shelf is where precious items were kept. Hence the name means "the place where precious items are stored." Talana Hill is a flat-topped hill and was the scene of the famous Battle of Talana Hill on 20 October 1899, between the Boers and the British.[1]


  1. ^ Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 427. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
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