Golela is a town in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, South Africa, 45 km east of Pongola on the border with Eswatini. The Golela border post was recently rebuilt to meet the increasing movement of people and goods between South Africa and Eswatini.
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The town is situated on the southern border with Swaziland, 145 km south-east of Piet Retief. Formerly spelt Gollel, the name is of Swazi origin, said to mean 'place of game'. This was a hunting ground of the Nyawo tribe in former times. The portion of the town across the border, in Swaziland, was renamed Lavumisa.
It is served by a railway station on the line connecting South Africa and Eswatini.
- Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 181. Retrieved 28 August 2013.