Opportunity already lost on airport name

2018-06-14 06:00
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The renaming of the Cape Town International Airport has become another burning issue in our country again.

We need to say thank you to the guys in red berets again for raising this issue.

You may like it or not, but these guys are doing their homework. Is it homework or just playing their cards openly or right?

Remember, they are the ones who came up with pay back the money. They didn’t stop there and manifested the now hot topical issue of the land issue.

What else could they have in their red bag, ready to flick it out once matters allow?

I wonder. Maybe they will eventually call for the revelation of the not so much talked about sunset clauses, who knows?

People have put forward their preferred names for this monumental establishment. The list includes certain prominent political figures as usual.

Yet again, people are asked to choose their preferred candidate via social media. One would ask if this is a fair way to do it? Who should all vote for their candidates and where are you supposed to be residing to be eligible to cast your vote? These and many other questions come up when such decisions need to be taken.

Oh, and should this campaign be run under the auspices of the local government or at national government level?

We’ll then we have to wait and see how this unfolds in the coming months. In the past couple of days, a public meeting was called for people to air their views. From the onset you could tell that the meeting was not going to be fruitful. In true form, chaos erupted.

Eish! I was interested to see how this will turn out, but hey, there were some with hidden agendas, hence the cancellation. One group proclaimed that if their nomination was not used, they’d burn down the city. How unfortunate it was to hear people proclaiming such threats for a simple thing as renaming a structure. On the other hand, you could hear struggle songs reverberating in the corridors.

Is this going to be so difficult to rename the much talked about airport to the extent that blood will flow?

If so why not just call it Mandela Airport and follow suit like everything else named after him. To me at least, the present name holds no reference to our past history of oppression. I may be wrong, it was changed from being D.F Malan. An opportunity to name it appropriately has been lost.

I’m sure lots of cash was used to do that renaming back then. I suppose there would not have been this resistance and struggle we see today.

On the ever fun and vibey social media group I belong to called Gugulethu My Home, we had some robust discussions to the extent that some ideas started floating around. The one I liked the most was that we rename it to De Klerk and this one took the cherry. But, will it be named after Winnie Mandela or Robert Sobukwe or Krotoa? With bated breath we wait.


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