Pretoria street changes 'will cost millions'

2012-03-31 07:31

Johannesburg - Pretoria street name changes will cost residents millions of rands, the Freedom Front Plus said on Friday.

"[They] now have to have addresses, business cards, maps, [and] marketing materials... changed at their own expense," FF Plus Tshwane council member Conrad Beyers said in a statement.

"Why, 18 years after the ANC took power in 1994, this haste now?"

Beyers said the ANC was thinking more about the advantage it would have in view of its elective conference later this year than of Pretoria residents.

Tshwane metro spokesperson Pieter de Necker said the decision to change the street names in Pretoria was taken at a council meeting on Thursday.

It was expected that 27 new street names would be considered.

Afrikaners not hated


City Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said Afrikaners were not hated and their heroes were not being targeted in the process to change street names in Pretoria.

Ramokgopa said the decision "technically" rested with Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, and the Tshwane metro council wanted to meet with him to discuss the matter.

Beyers said the ANC was a "dishonest" negotiating partner.

"During the negotiations, the ANC, in the person of the mayor himself, made an offer to the FF Plus to retain Pretoria's name while a solution about the street names was being found. Nothing has come of this," he said.

It was a mistake to change historically sensitive names.

"There are enough neutral street names and new street names; after that, the ANC could use their heroes' names," said Beyers.

- SAPA

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