Last week the Ekurhuleni municipality council proposed changes of renaming of geographical features in the city. The renaming will affect major roads, the theatre and the library.

“The process to rename landmark features in the Gauteng city would bring honour and pride to the residents, the name changes were just proposals at this stage and we are not sure how much the proposed changes would cost,” City of Ekurhuleni spokesperson, Themba Gadebe told Times Live.

This decision will have to go a long way before it is set in the legislature, as the municipality will have to call a consultative meeting to gain public feedback, and councillors will need to hold multiple constituency meetings with the electorate. Every member of the public will also get a chance to have their say.

“The council has adopted 42 recommended names, it still a proposal report, it will still go back to the council to be adopted after consultations,” added Gadebe.

The proposed names are:

  • 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 the 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.

“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 be held,” concluded Gadebe.

[Source – Times Live]

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