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By Sapa | Apr 13, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 6 ]

THERE should be finality by June on whether Tshwane will be gazetted as the new name for the city of Pretoria, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said

"I don't think it will take more than two months," Mashatile said on the sidelines of the national workshop on the standardisation of geographical names.

Mashatile said though the name Tshwane had been decided on, with the name Pretoria remaining as the name of a suburb, more consultation was needed.

"In my view it will do no harm to have one more consultation with people who have concerns," he said.

"South Africans must decide if the capital city is Pretoria or Tshwane."

The Freedom Front Plus, which is opposed to changing Pretoria's name to Tshwane, said in March it was in talks with the ANC over the renaming issue. FF+ is also opposed to the renaming of streets in the city.

Earlier Mashatile said people need not fear the transformative and inclusive exercise of renaming places in South Africa.

"We are not killing anybody, we are talking changing for the better," he said.

But people must become involved in the debates and processes of name changes, and be initiators for name changes in their areas.

"We must make sure we all agree on who we are, what we call ourselves.

"If you think KwaZulu-Natal's name is something you don't like, you obviously have to go to KwaZulu-Natal and participate in a process of renaming (the province). If it will happen, it won't come from Pretoria.

"But let's not be gripped by fear because names must mean something to people," Mashatile said.


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change all this racists names even the name SA must go. our grandfather cannot even pronounce these names.

Apr 13, 2012 9:3 | 0 replies

You can change whatever you want to change, but leave ou Paul and his soldiers alone. it is good to rename streets cities, whatever, but some things should not be renamed. You say the things remind you of apartheid, good. But to erase the whole history, you must know where we come from to get where we are. leave that Voortrekker alone also, it is part of S.A history, whether it is bad or good, leave some things alone.... Then we can point a finger and say there is a bad guy who got us where we are.

Apr 13, 2012 9:25 | 0 replies

Changing of Street/City names is necessary, but they must not only rename them with A.N.C cadres, A.N.C was the head but the body was formed of many political parties in those years. PAC, AZAPO, Indians Congress and so forth. in Durban there is a street name called Mugabe street, now thats bulllshit!

Apr 13, 2012 9:46 | 0 replies

What's in a name anyway. Spend the money and change it. It's not like South Africa needs the extra money anyway.

Apr 13, 2012 9:47 | 0 replies

I suppot the ANC on this one change the fken names, some of these streets are named after non repantent racist we still come across in board meetings. Change the fken names

Apr 13, 2012 9:58 | 0 replies

Go ahead, change everything eintlik change the name of the country as well, and don worry about costs "my chief" taxpayers will foot the bill. All that these name changes bring is percieved emotional victory over the past regime's attrocities, nothing more.
Rather improve your electorate's lives, stop corruption, re-open industries, support and protect farming communities, bring back discipline into the SAPS, improve delivery of justice, build schools-health centres-clinics-police stations-roads-youth training centres changes add nothing to an average South African's quest for survival in this economic climate. Get you priorities right.

Apr 13, 2012 3:28 | 0 replies