Naming should be in line with wishes

2015-09-03 06:00

MARIKANA. Did you know that there is a place called Marikana in our beautiful place of PMB? Last month I met a school child and asked him where he lives and his response was “Marikana”.

Shocked, I doubted my ears although I heard him. I then said “He..e..?” The response was the same. The place is said to be somewhere in Imbali.

In the African culture a name is always associated with wishes, aim, direction, future or a name of a person who made positive contributions for the benefit of others.

To me naming our place Marikana is not called for or not acceptable.

The name Marikana brings bad memories of the tragic deaths of our loved ones. I see blood, I see sorrow, I see sadness and I see orphans. If we accept this name in our beautiful place of PMB do we want this tragedy to happen here? No, no, and no.

Will you name your child Hluphekile, suffering or Gibhite­?... no.

If it is because the place does not have resources, or because it is under developed, we must know that “Rome was not built in a day”.

If we wish people of this place to die, then who will enjoy the development when it comes? Lets think and do things positively.

From the month of women, I kindly request the councillor of the area, taxi owners and their chairpersons, rank managers and the community at large to immediately change that horrible name to one that is meaningful, one that will stimulate the minds of people and bring self-esteem to our children.

There are many names like Ethembeni, Buhle buyeza, or any name of your choice, but “no” to Marikana.

Thembi Sibisi

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