Donga 1 (ˈdɒŋɡə) — n (South African), ( Austral), …

Comment on Alice turning into a fly-in, fly-out mining camp? by Dotson.

donga 1 (ˈdɒŋɡə) — n (South African), ( Austral), (NZ) a steep-sided gully created by soil erosion. [C19: Afrikaans, from Nguni donga washed out gully]
donga 2 (ˈdɒŋɡə) — n (in Papua New Guinea) a house or shelter.
I was confused. I still read your paper. I don’t know why. “Keep on truckin'”. Virgil in Las Vegas.
ED – Hi Virgil … welcome to the great Central Australia. Down (?) here dongas are efficient but very basic dwellings used out in the Bush. However, most people in Alice Springs would be a more than a little peeved to see them become the dominant form of accommodation.

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