Most SA youth oppose Pretoria name change

2012-10-17 13:27
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Johannesburg - Almost three in five young South Africans feel that Pretoria should not be renamed Tshwane, according to a recent survey.

"This survey shows the issue of changing the names of cities is one that is controversial," said Butch Rice of consumer insights company Pondering Panda, which conducted the survey.

Fifty-eight percent of the youth felt Pretoria's name should stay, while 33% felt it should be changed. Ten percent were undecided.

In total, 3 451 respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 across South Africa, were polled.

Support for the name change varied among race groups.

While 52% of young black South Africans felt Pretoria's name should stay the same, 38% wanted it changed to Tshwane.

In contrast, about four in five young whites, Coloureds, and Indians were opposed to the name change.

In Gauteng, 57% of respondents felt Pretoria's name should stay the same while 73% of people from the Western Cape were against the name change.

Responses to the survey were weighted to be nationally representative of age, gender, and race.

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