Malema's hometown may get new name

2010-05-03 08:22

Polokwane - The town of Seshego, outside Polokwane, where ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema grew up, might soon get a new name.

The Polokwane Observer reports that the Provincial Geographical Names Council is considering changing Seshego's name after a request from the Ga Nong community in nearby Moletjie.

According to them, Seshego was named after Kghosi (chief) Seshigo Moletjie and the name should therefore be Seshigo and not Seshego.

Another place in Limpopo which might be renamed is Lebowakgomo, about 30km outside Polokwane.

According to the Polokwane Observer, the Mphahlele Tribal Council submitted a suggestion that Lebowakgomo's name be changed to Mmutle Phatudi III.

Decision on Louis Trichardt

Meanwhile, residents of Louis Trichardt might soon hear whether the name of their town will be changed yet again.

Beeld has learned that the Geographical Names Council might make an announcement about the town's name this week. The saga surrounding the name of this town, situated at the foot of the Southpansberg, has been dragging on for the past seven years.

In 2003 the Government Gazette published an announcement that Louis Trichardt's name would become Makhado on May 15 2003.

In June 2003 the Louis Trichardt Chairpersons' Association (LTCA) lodged an objection against the decision. The LTCA took the case to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

In March 2007, five Appeal Judges found that there had not been sufficient consultation with the community and that the town's name should remain Louis Trichardt.

Barely a month later, the Makhado municipality decided to restart the name-changing process to have town's name changed to that of the former Venda King Makhado.

The LTCA, in turn, once again submitted a written objection to the Geographical Names Council regarding the proposed name change. André Naude from the LTCA alleges that, once again, there had not been sufficient consultation with the community about the proposed name change.