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Mantashe's view on Pta hailed

2010-02-12 17:17

Johannesburg - ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe's pronouncement on the changing of place names must be welcomed, the Afrikanerbond said on Friday.

"This is a breath of fresh air and a first real step in the quest for a solution," said managing director Jan Bosman in a statement.

Mantashe told Beeld newspaper Pretoria should remain Pretoria, while the greater metropolitan area should be named Tshwane.

International examples

"His proposals on the preservation of the name of Pretoria and the reference to the metropolitan area as Tshwane is consistent with a study by the Afrikanerbond on international examples of dual place names."

He said the study was also presented to former arts and culture minister Pallo Jordan and several premiers.

"The Afrikanerbond has also recently provided the current Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms [Lulu] Xingwana with this study," Bosman said.

The study looked at the international accepted principle of double naming of towns, cities, residential areas, mountains, rivers, dams and landmarks and even highways.

Participation

He said what was more important was Mantashe's statement that "an extensive process of public participation" would follow.

He said a moratorium must be placed on any further name changes.

"This moratorium is in anticipation of a process of national consensus."

"Such a public participation process may lead to a win-win solution for the highly emotional name change problem and more importantly will give recognition to the fact that South Africa is a country with a diverse range of people with a diverse background and a diverse history," Bosman said.