Original name soon to be restored

2020-01-14 06:00
Dan Plato with the rest of the dignitaries after the unveiling of the new signage in District Six on Tuesday. (Supplied, City of Cape Town)

Dan Plato with the rest of the dignitaries after the unveiling of the new signage in District Six on Tuesday. (Supplied, City of Cape Town)

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The restoration of District Six to its former name Zonnebloem has been welcomed by mayor Dan Plato following the official gazetting of the motion.

Plato says the approval of Zonnebloem to reclaim its original name is part of restoring the identity of the neighbourhood and gives a measure of closure for former residents who were forcefully removed from the area decades ago.

“We move another step closer to giving dignity back to residents who once lived in District Six. This is another milestone in restoring District Six after the Cape Town city council approved the name change of Keizersgracht to the original Hanover Street in August. That name change proposal was submitted by the District Six Working Committee,” says Plato.

“I welcome the submission by Western Cape arts and culture minister Anroux Marais to support the name change.

“The City remains committed to supporting the restitution process of the District Six community.”

Plato continues that the submission of the redevelopment plan by Land Reform minister, Thoko Didiza to the Land Claims Court is another stage in this plight.

“We hope this will speed up the process of restitution, after many delays, for the hundreds of claimants still waiting to return to the area,” he says.

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