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