The ‘debacle’ of renaming CT airport

2018-06-07 06:00

The renaming of the Cape Town International Airport has become yet another burning issue in our country.

We can thank the guys and gals in red berets for again raising this matter.

Like it or not, these guys are doing their homework. Although you have to ask whether it’s really homework or are they just playing their cards openly and right?

Remember, they are the ones who came up with “pay back the money” mantra. They didn’t stop there, though. They also manifested the now topical issue of land expropriation without compensation.

What more will they bring to the fore, I wonder? How much longer will we wait?

Who knows, perhaps they will eventually call for the revelation of the not so much talked about “sunset clauses”.

Anyway, back to my topic of the day – the renaming of the airport.

Well, people have put forward their suggested names to be used for this monumental establishment.

As usual, the list includes certain prominent political figures.

Yet again, people are asked to choose their preferred candidate via social media.

One could ask whether this is a fair way of going about selecting the name?

Who should 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 made.

The other matter is whether the process should this be run by local, provincial or national government?

We will have to wait and see how this unfolds in the coming months.

Over the last couple of days, a public meeting was held where people could air their views.

From the very outset, you could tell that the gathering would not to be fruitful. Would chaos prevail?

Eish! I was interested to see how this turned out, but hey, there were some hidden agendas and the meeting was cancelled.

One group threatened that if their proposed name is not used, they would “burn down the city”.

How unfortunate to hear people uttering such threats with the simple event of renaming a structure.

On the other hand, you heard struggle songs reverberating in the corridors.

Is this going to be so difficult to rename the airport to the extent that blood will flow? If so, why not just follow suit and name it after Madiba?

For me, the current name of the airport does not hold any reference to oppression, as it was when it was named after D.F. Malan.

An opportunity was lost to appropriately rename the facility back then.

I’m sure lots of money was used during that renaming process and I suppose there wouldn’t have been the resistance and struggle we are witnessing today.

Let us wait and see how it all plays out.

On a fun and vibey social media group I belong to, Gugulethu My Home, we had some robust discussions about this issue – so much that several ideas were shared by group members.

The one I liked the most was that we rename it after former president F.W. de Klerk. It was the cherry on the cake.

Well, we await the new name. Will it be named after Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Robert Sobukwe or Krotoa?

Or should we leave it as it is? I’ll rather reserve my own choice.

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