Premier: North West needs name change

2013-05-23 14:22
Thandi Modise (Picture: Beeld)

Thandi Modise (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - North West province needs a name change, Premier Thandi Modise said on Thursday.

Speaking in the provincial legislature in Mmabatho on her office's budget and policy, Modise said the province should no longer simply be a direction on a map.

"We cannot be a 'direction' or a position on the compass when we have [had the] calibre of leaders from our province like Malome Moses Kotane," she said.

"We celebrate this month in his name as a clear acknowledgement of how he continues to live among us through his teachings and practices, and take pride to be associated with a man of his calibre."

She said Kotane's wisdom and love for his people was inspiring, and encouraged the youth to learn more about him and other struggle heroes.

Public consultations would take place over the name change, Modise said.

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