One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A discussion or conference.
- ‘He said the housing indaba had been postponed because there had been issues for discussion that required the participation of the premier.’
- ‘We need to find ways in which we engage the hoi polloi, the so-called masses, in public discourse through indabas, town hall forums, so that no one feels marginalised… their point of view matters, it counts.’
- ‘Again in two national indabas in Johannesburg, stakeholders admitted that the Boxing Act of 1954 needed to be revamped.’
- ‘We can also introduce activities like sports indabas where we can meet and share views.’
- ‘These members served on the committee which facilitated two national boxing indabas held in Johannesburg this year.’
2informal One's own problem or concern.‘this country is our indaba and no one else's’
- ‘If we fail to shake off the vestiges of colonialism this is our own indaba, not the dead colonialists' as far as I am concerned.’
Xhosa and Zulu, ‘discussion’.
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