Cape Town renames highway after Mandela

2011-07-15 16:08
Cape Town - Mayor Patricia de Lille on Friday formally renamed Cape Town's Eastern Boulevard after Nelson Mandela in one of four street name changes planned for this year.

"From today, commuters coming into Cape Town on one of the main arteries leading into the heart of our city will travel on Madiba's road," De Lille said.

"But let us not just think of this road as something physical that we can see and touch. Let us think of this road as the one upon which we travel as a city to achieve Madiba's vision," she said.

The renaming comes three days ahead of the increasingly frail former president's 93rd birthday.

De Lille said it "reaffirms our commitment to building greater inclusivity and acknowledging our history.... It was Nelson Mandela who helped us realise the strength in our diversity".

She said the city would reverse the apartheid government's attempts to designate selective ownership of public places through the names it gave them.

"It was a campaign to own history and in so doing, own future memory."

The city plans to rename Oswald Pirow Drive after heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard and to name St George's Mall after the Khoisan leader Krotoa later this year.

It will also name the concourse between the Civic Centre and the Artscape theatre after former ANC leader and Nobel peace laureate Albert Luthuli.

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