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Gingindlovu

Afrikaans name: Gingindlovu

Gingindlovu

Gingindlovu main business area

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KwaZulu-Natal

On the 2nd December 1856 Cetshwayo defeated his half-brother Mbulazi at the battle of Ndondakusuka. Cetshwayo then set up a 'military' kraal called uMgungundlovu at the site of modern day Gingindlovu. The name 'uMgungundlovu' means 'the swallower of the elephant'. Cetshwayo went on to become king of the Zulus in 1872.

Another battle was fought just a few kilometres from the town. The is one took place on the 2nd April 1879 and was between the British and Zulu forces. The British were led by Lord Chelmsford and the Zulus by Cetshwayo's brother Dabulamanzi. The British inflicted heavy casualties on the Zulus while only losing 13 of their men. A monumbent to the fallen British soldiers stands just out of town.

Gingindlovu is a small town providing services to the local community.

Gingindlovu suburbs

Gingindlovu suburbs

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Gingindlovu Library

Gingindlovu Library

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