Don't fear name changes - Mashatile

2012-04-12 13:02
Pretoria - People need not fear the transformative and inclusive exercise of renaming places in South Africa, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said on Thursday.

"We are not killing anybody, we are talking changing for the better," Mashatile said.

However, people must become involved in the debates and processes of name changes and be initiators for name changes in their areas, he added.

"We must make sure that we all agree on who we are, what we call ourselves.

"If you think KwaZulu's name is something you don't like, you obviously have to go to KwaZulu-Natal and participate in a process of renaming, if it will happen - it won't come from Pretoria.

"But let's not be gripped by fear because names must mean something to people."

Lobby group AfriForum are not pleased by apparent plans to change the name of Pretoria to Tshwane.

- SAPA
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