Gillooly's no more: Ekurhuleni set to rename major roads and landmarks
If you think you know Ekurhuleni - think again - because its geographical features are about to undergo a major name change.
The Ekurhuleni council adopted renaming of geographical features last Thursday and the proposed changes will affect major roads, the theatre and the library.
City of Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe said the process to rename landmark features in the Gauteng city would bring honour and pride to the residents.
Gadebe said the name changes were just proposals at this stage and he could not say how much the proposed changes would cost.
"Once the process has been concluded, costs will be determined," he said.
The council has adopted 42 recommended names. "It's still a proposal report. It will still go back to council to be adopted after consultations," Gadebe said.
The city said: "These names will go through a consultation process through an advertisement in the local media for comments and objections, while public hearings and constituency meetings organised and facilitated by councillors will also be held."
Proposed names that were adopted by the council include:
- New library in Tsakane – Mpho Rahab Molepo Library: Activist who was among leading women who participated in the 1956 pass law resistance march.
- Germiston Theatre - Dumi Masilela: Actor affectionately known as S’fiso Ngema killed in a 2017 hijacking attempt.
- Gillooly's Interchange (N12) – George Bizos: Human rights lawyer who represented many political activists in high-profile political trials, including Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia Trial.
- Voortrekker Street offramp (R21) – Amon Ngulele: Freedom-struggle veteran who nominated the name Ekurhuleni when the city was going through a naming process.
- Barbara Road (R24) – Lazarus Mawela: 1976 student activist who is a founding member of the Black People's Convention.
- Tokoza (R59) – Dumisa Ntuli: He was involved in establishing the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) in Katlehong, Vosloorus and surrounding towns in 1983.
- Holfontein/Etwatwa (N12) – Richard Mhlongo: He led East Rand Student Congress, Eraso and Dasco. He was part of the MKMVA underground machinery.
- Tom Jones Road (N12) – Amina Cachalia: Woman's rights activist who spent 15 years under house arrest in the 1960s and 1970s.
- Edenvale (N12) – Lungile Mtshali: Political activist and former deputy chair of Gauteng Salga.
According to Gadebe, the consultation process will be through "an advertisement in the local media for comments and objections, while public hearings and constituency meetings organised and facilitated by councillors will also be held".