No deal on PTA name change: FF+

By Drum Digital
23 March 2012

There has been no final agreement on re-naming the country's capital or 27 streets in Pretoria, the Freedom Front Plus said on Friday.

"Talks about the street name issue are still in the early stages, and there is at present no formal offer from the ANC to keep the name Pretoria in exchange for the changing of 27 street names," the party's Tshwane metro councillor Conrad Beyers said.

Beyers confirmed media reports on Friday that the ANC and FF Plus were discussing the matter. However it was disputed that any agreement had been reached.

The Beeld newspaper reported that the ANC had offered, in behind-the-scenes negotiations, to keep Pretoria's name in exchange for the re-naming of 27 streets.

"The FF Plus welcomes the possible retention of the names of Paul Kruger street and Pretorius street, but the party cannot agree to the removal of numerous other street names with significant historical meaning, such as Church street and Voortrekker road," said Beyers.

"The party however thinks a political solution, which addresses both the name of Pretoria as well as street names, is possible," he said.

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