Reclaiming Cape Town's Streets, at Least in Name
Cape Town's renaming panel has recommended that slain musician Taliep Petersen be remembered in a street name, and that a clutch of apartheid-era prime ministers drop off the map.
A total of 46 changes suggested by the panel of experts were released on Wednesday. According to mayor Helen Zille, the proposals will now be advertised for public comment.
"They will only be considered by mayco [the mayoral committee] after we have taken full account of the public comment," she said.
The panel, chaired by human rights activist Rhoda Kadalie, recommended that Kromboom Road in the city's southern suburbs be renamed Taliep Petersen Drive.
It proposed that Hendrik Verwoerd Drive in the suburb of Panorama make way for Beyers Naude Drive; that Hans Strydom Avenue in the city centre become Albert Luthuli Avenue; and that JB Hertzog Boulevard change to Nelson Mandela Boulevard.
Other figures to be honoured through street names if the recommendations go through are poets Jan Rabie and Uys Krige, heart surgeon Chris Barnard and freedom fighters Anton Fransch, Ashley Kriel and Colleen Williams.
The panel agreed that all the "NY" -- an abbreviation for "native yard" -- streets in Guguletu should be changed, but said this should be done after a "memorialisation" process and community consultation. The same process should be followed with streets in District Six.
The article above does not go into detail, though, as to why a city-centre street named after a known Nazi sympathizer is not on the slate for renaming; is it only because of its more-visible location?