Name change meeting complaints

2010-03-24 18:08

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - The Afrikanerbond and Freedom Front Plus raised concerns over the public hearings on Gauteng name changes on Thursday, which appear not to have been advertised.

The Afrikanerbond suggested the outcome had been predetermined.

"This was confirmed by the chairperson of the provincial portfolio committee which stated that the 'transformation' of place names has been decided by the ANC at its national conference and is now implemented by government. Therefore this public consultation process is under suspicion," said spokesperson Jan Bosman.

They also felt the struggle history of the ANC would be recognised as being the only real history of South Africa, and that any minority group would not be acknowledged.

They would nevertheless put their proposals to the committee for consideration and discuss the matter further with the ANC leadership.

Not informed

Freedom Front Plus MPL Jaco Mulder said he only became aware of the hearings on Wednesday afternoon and was surprised he had not been informed because of his position in the legislature.

"I am a member of the Gauteng legislature and we never received an invitation," he said, adding that if he had known about it he would have sent someone to contribute.

He has already complained to arts and culture MEC Nelisiwe Moerane and has suggested that she expand the hearings as the Birchwood Hotel in Kempton Park was also not an ideal venue.

On Friday lobby group Afriforum will be in the North Gauteng High Court to oppose the change of name of Pretoria to Tshwane.

Earlier, in a speech prepared for delivery, Moerane explained the significance of standardising names and restoring many place names to their original spelling.

Practical benefits to name changes

She said some people said changing names was whimsical and wasteful, but explained that standardisation had many practical benefits.

It would also go towards righting the actions of early settlers and colonial powers who ignored historical and cultural heritage when changing a place name.

The hearings follow an instruction from Cabinet that the department of arts and culture, through the SA Geographical Names Council, consult the public on name changes.

The matter is also covered in the United Nations Guidelines on the Standardisation of Geographical Names and forms part of a UN resolution.

The resolution includes the avoidance of more than one name for one feature, the elimination of objectionable names and the avoidance of repetition of names.

"Apart from the fact that place names identify and reflect culture, heritage and languages, the correct use of place names has practical benefits to local, national and international communities."

It would be difficult to distribute food for example in a war-torn country, or during a natural disaster if a town is known by different names.

Older names were "lost in the mists of time" and this part of Africa was "littered" with name changes that reflect its turbulent past.
 

- SAPA
Read more on:    ff+  |  afrikanerbond  |  johannesburg
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Soon sending an LOL! or facepalm will be so much more fun!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!
Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

As the Moon moves out of restless Gemini into sensitive Cancer today you are able to relax your active mind and be more receptive...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.