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By unknown | Mar 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Pumza Fihlani

Pumza Fihlani

At least 17 families could have roofs over their heads if the Potchefstroom municipality spent money on improving poor people's lives instead of blowing it on "meaningless symbolism".

This is the view of some Potchefstroom residents who are against the idea of changing the town's name to Tlokwe, which would be a shocking waste of money.

Sowetan spoke to a number of residents, most of whom live in the town's biggest township, Ikageng.

"We need water, electricity and toilets. What good will it do me if they spend money on a name?" said Kedibone Mantsiwa.

Paulina Peters, 52, shared Mantsiwa's sentiments. "The change is meaningless if they do not change our lives first," she said.

Vongo Dikane was of the opinion that "a real change like a better house to live in would mean more to me than the changing of some name ever would".

Residents believed that "symbolism outweighs the people's needs".

The municipality was, however, adamant that this was "an important part of transformation".

It is estimated that about R250000 will be spent on the name change.

The Potchefstroom municipality said yesterday that they had a backlog of about R500000 million in infrastructure development and therefore believed the R250000 would not make any significant difference to people's lives.

Municipal spokesman Japie Fransman said the town needed transformation, which obviously came at a price.


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