Definition of mabalane in English:

mabalane

Pronunciation /mabəˈlɑːneɪ/ /mabəˈlɑːni/

noun

South African
  • A clerk, a secretary; a person whose work includes the keeping of written records.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Eastern Province Herald. From Zulu umabhalane (plural omabalane) and Siswati mabhalane (plural bomabalane) clerk, secretary from bhala to write.