CT to rename 'Native Yard' street

2012-09-20 12:30

Cape Town - The first of the apartheid-era street names in Gugulethu, Cape Town, will be renamed Stephen Biko Drive, it was reported on Thursday.

The Cape Times reported that the township's main road, NY1 (Native Yard) would be renamed on Monday to mark the launch of a renaming campaign in the area.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille would celebrate with the Biko family at Gugulethu square, to honour the struggle icon.

The "Name your Hood" campaign would invite the public to suggest names for 91 streets and eight neighbourhoods.

The voting would be open for two weeks, after which the naming committee would deliberate on the names offered.

According to the report, the city council was expected to vote on the name changes in a year.

  • alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-20 12:45

    Its waste of money and time, people need proper and quick service delivery, the DA has became corrupt and delusional like ANC.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-09-20 13:08

    Why waste all this money on renaming a road from "NY1" ?? Surely there are more desperate needs in this community? Or do Helen and Patsie just fancy another little road show, paid for by the ratepayers and taxpayers of Cape Town?

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-09-20 13:19

    If u never stayed in Native Yards n Native Units then u don't have to stir an already violated community where 7 heroes were wounded n left to die in their urine n feaces. Just treat this act by the Meyer as sensitive as it is Please members!#NUFFSAID#

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-20 13:41

      Heyneke Meyer? Is he stuffing this up too?

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-20 14:28

      The community was violates by one system and it is now violating itself with its own systems all you have to do is look at the headlines to see what is happening 45 died in the dust one day then another 10 the next week. Look what is happening in the native yard now amongst the youth the are being violated by thier own so called Liberators. Do something now with the youth in the native yard save them before it is to late. They are your responsibility do not turn them into victims to.

  • djmarcosa - 2012-09-20 13:27

    stop waisting our money on this nonsense man.. please.. you guys are crying that there is no money.. yet you spend it on stupid road names... honestly the mentality of some people in this government sometimes makes me wonder who is smarter... a 2 year old child or these guys

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-20 13:31

    If they change NY1 they might as well change all the NY's but i know people in and around Gugs will always refer to the street as NY1, Stephen Biko Drive is just too long besides we are used to saying NY1

      salee.sithwell - 2012-09-20 14:22

      Well, if that's your problem, then you cool simply say: "SBD"

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-20 15:16

      lmao......that must be the dumbest comment for today

  • yanga.dlokolo - 2012-09-20 14:59

    I am not going to stop calling it NY1

  • - 2012-09-20 16:05

    This is so funny, in Durban when the ANC started changing perfectly acceptable names in white areas white people complained. Now in Cape Town when the DA starts changing offensive names in black areas, black people complain.

  • freddy.vandermerwe.7 - 2012-09-24 18:11


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