Mayor to rename library

2016-04-19 06:00

Sea Point Library will take on its new name this week, following an official ceremony.

Mayor Patricia de Lille will officially rename the library in honour of the late Colin Eglin during a special ceremony on Thursday 21 April.

The renaming proposal was submitted to the City of Cape Town’s Naming Committee by a Sea Point resident in 2014.

The proposal was supported by 230 other residents. Eglin’s family also showed support for the renaming, along with local Ratepayers’ Associations (“Name change for library?”, People’s Post, 21 October 2014).

Eglin was born in Sea Point in 1925 and was a former Member of Parliament and a founder member of the Progressive Party.

He represented the Sea Point constituency in the National Parliament for 33 years.

Local representativeEglin was elected chairperson of the Democratic Party’s parliamentary caucus before his death on 29 November 2013.

Following the request for the renaming of the library, a public participation process was undertaken.

After this, the Naming Committee recommended the name change to the City’s executive mayor for approval. Council approved the renaming of the library at the council meeting on 29 May last year, explains Brett Herron, chairperson of the City of Cape Town’s Naming Committee.

National recognitionThe Western Cape Government bestowed on Eglin the Officer of The Order of the Disa in 2004 and in April 2013 he received the National Order of the Baobab (silver) from the National Government for serving South Africa with excellence and for his dedication and courage in fighting for the principle of equality for all South Africans.

“The renaming proposal is compliant with the City’s Naming Policy which states that notable people, freemen and residents who have received honour of the highest kind can be considered,” Herron says.

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