Cape Town renames highway after Mandela

2011-07-15 16:08

Cape Town - Mayor Patricia de Lille on Friday formally renamed Cape Town's Eastern Boulevard after Nelson Mandela in one of four street name changes planned for this year.

"From today, commuters coming into Cape Town on one of the main arteries leading into the heart of our city will travel on Madiba's road," De Lille said.

"But let us not just think of this road as something physical that we can see and touch. Let us think of this road as the one upon which we travel as a city to achieve Madiba's vision," she said.

The renaming comes three days ahead of the increasingly frail former president's 93rd birthday.

De Lille said it "reaffirms our commitment to building greater inclusivity and acknowledging our history.... It was Nelson Mandela who helped us realise the strength in our diversity".

She said the city would reverse the apartheid government's attempts to designate selective ownership of public places through the names it gave them.

"It was a campaign to own history and in so doing, own future memory."

The city plans to rename Oswald Pirow Drive after heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard and to name St George's Mall after the Khoisan leader Krotoa later this year.

It will also name the concourse between the Civic Centre and the Artscape theatre after former ANC leader and Nobel peace laureate Albert Luthuli.

  • zulufox - 2011-07-15 16:19

    Wow... Nice

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-15 18:45

      Lille? Let's fix the toilets (as instructed) and forget about some brown nosing! Rather let them call the main road through Harrismith "Madiba's cry!"

      Craig - 2011-07-15 18:47

      Agreed, for once a nice mix of names representing a good spectrum, and not too many in one go. I approve. Well done Patricia and the DA.

      fishycraig - 2011-07-15 19:32

      @ Craig - must be your name but agree with you 100%. Nice mix and done properly.

      Macho Mike - 2011-07-15 20:26

      Eish, for one moment, hau, i did think that Cape Town renames highway after Mandela refered to the freeway that just stops, and the road she does go nowhere.

  • Mr Moses - 2011-07-15 16:20

    Your not getting my vote next time

      zulufox - 2011-07-15 16:29

      boooooo!!! who cares, vote for AWB for all we care!

      Aitsa - 2011-07-15 17:05

      HAHAHAHA, fool!

      Hardegat - 2011-07-15 18:39

      Yes, there's no place for you in our "open society for all".

      Doublepost - 2011-07-15 18:52

      Hardegat, couldn't have said it better myself!! We are an open society unless you disagree with us, in which case, there's the door or perhaps a panga, who knows?

  • Doc Walkers - 2011-07-15 16:26

    I have no problem with renaming streets but not neutral names like Eastern Boulevard. That's a waste of money and time. Surely there are better roads that we can name after Madiba etc. that would be more sensible

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-15 16:30

    Lets just name South Africa. The Republic Of Mandela, and the main roads Mandela avenue, All the airports Mandela international east, south and north respectively and anything else significant after the man as well. Now can we please move on.

      tryanything - 2011-07-15 16:59

      No shame man what about the other little asswipe? Cant we name the cable car after him or maybe a sewerage farm.

      Common_Sense - 2011-07-15 17:17

      @Tryanything LOL the cable car? How about the frikin Zoo??

      Captainmorgan - 2011-07-15 17:51

      @ Tryanything that's a malema sorry I mean a 'dalema'

  • BokomoWeetbi - 2011-07-15 16:31

    That is nice, Well done DA

  • Taurusaurus - 2011-07-15 16:32

    Stop re-writing history the history of the past to suit the political agendas of today! Look, I support the DA and all that, but why the hucking fell must politicians go mucking around with place's names??? Pretoria is still Pretoria, Port Elizabeth is still Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg is still Johannesburg, so stop trying to change everything to suit YOUR selfish ideals in a pointless attempt to accomplish ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Really, I'm sick and tired of this rubbish. History cannot be changed, so stop trying. Learn to accept it and move on. If it offends you, too bad, it happened. If you're offended that the ancient Trojan Horse plot worked, don't go trying to ban such tactics or destroy relics commemorative of the plot, or renaming it to "The Sneaky and Deceptive Horse Infiltration Tactic of the Trojans" - see how stupid it sounds when you try changing history? Just stop. There are FAR more important issues to focus on.

      Met - 2011-07-15 16:38

      de Lilles true ( political) colours coming through. More surprises to come? She used the DA to achieve something she could not in her old party- a wolf in sheeps clothing?

      thinkza - 2011-07-15 16:40

      Wholeheartedly agree.

      JohannV - 2011-07-15 16:45

      Met, it was a council decision, not only Patricia's. I don't trust her either, because 16 years ago she was dancing and singing "One settler, one bullet" with her PAC buddies. But let's give her a chance, it's still early days for the Honorable Mayoress.

      Daniel - 2011-07-15 18:07

      They did not try and rewrite history, they changed a street name(Cape Town's Eastern Boulevard - nothing to do with history)to commemorate Old President Nelson Mandela. They did not take just anybody's name and paint it over an old apartheid icon. I feel what you are saying because we have seen one too many names changed in our country just for the sake of change, but might it just be that the DA incorporated a name change the way it should be done. Not just changing things left and right, but changing it when it is due and appropriate!

      Azizi - 2011-07-15 20:44

      Maybe the 'coloured' DA members out voted the 'white' DA members.

      thinkza - 2011-07-16 10:27

      @Azizi: Always about colour eh? Why don't you make a proper contribution to forums for a change.

      Trevor - 2011-07-16 11:15

      Nobody is attempting to rewrite is more about choosing to celebrate the aspects of history which are relevant to the time. Name change is not a South African is global and a consequence of shifts in idealogies more than shifts in political power. Alaska was once owned by communist Russia, I would be surprised to find a land mark in Alaska that celebrates Stalin now that it is in the US hands. Even Russia has removed statues and renamed places when it changed to democracy. Name changes in India pretty much the same after British colonialism...and the same is going to happen in South Sudan...perhaps North Korea one day and the list can go on. Remember a name is ones identity...if you believe that the identity of South Africa at present represents or celebrates Hendrik Verwoed, DF Malan, Swart and so on...then you are sadly mistaken. Although history has not changed the identity of South Africa has changed and will celebrate those in accordance with its new identity. Deal with it.

      sunny - 2011-07-18 14:14

      Tauusarus, as you may have heard (or probably not judging from your comments) History is written by the conqurers. So just wait and see, you have seen nothing yet

  • JohannV - 2011-07-15 16:33

    Oh crap, here we go! "iKapa, iKoloni, Nelson Mandela Ave, Harry die Strandloper Drive, Xhoisan X Street, Makana Road..."

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-15 17:57

      Mmmmmm, this the oak who authorised and planned bomb attacks, including Pretoria, the bar and church bombings in Cape Town? Wait, tomorrow we change Sea Point to Guddafi's Circle!! Why not ET's drive right and pass left highway???

      Azizi - 2011-07-15 20:42

      MrSpiderman how old are you???

      Marcell - 2011-07-16 00:26

      MrSpiderMan: spot on! Why do people have this blind obsession with a person that started the slide if a once beautyfull country.

      Marcell - 2011-07-16 00:27

      Azizi: Facts do not change with time.

      Denise - 2011-07-17 18:18

      It will be a long time if ever before the truth about Mandela is told. Most know nothing about him prior to Robben island. All they know is that he spent 27 yrs in prison & was considered to be a political prisoner. However, Mandela was no Aung San Suu Kyi, he was not an innocent, democratically elected leader, imprisoned by an authoritarian government. Mandela was the terrorist leader of a violent terrorist organisation, the ANC, which was responsible for many thousands of, mostly black, deaths. The ANC's blood spattered history is frequently ignored, & until June 2008 the names of Nelson Mandela & most of the ANC remained on the US government's terrorist watch list along with al-Queda, Hezbollah n the Tamil Tigers. Mandela's name was NOT on that list by mistake, he was there because of his murderous past. In his autobiography “the long walk to Freedom” he admits “signing off” the 1983 Church Street bombing & killing 19 innocent people while injuring another 200. It is true that Mandela approved that massacre & other ANC killings from his prison cell, & there is no evidence that he personally killed anyone but the same could be said about Stalin or Hitler. According to the Human Rights Commission it is estimated that during Apartheid some 21,000 people were killed, & in those 43 yrs the SA Security forces killed a total of 518 people. The rest,(some 92%) were accounted for by Africans killing Africans, many by means of the notorious & gruesome practice of necklacing.

  • kyle.lindeque - 2011-07-15 16:34

    Just another way were trying to waste our tax payers money. Cape Town, This City Wastes for You!

      Liberty - 2011-07-15 16:45

      everything being equal, much lest waste in Cape Town than elsewhere in SA. Just hope that the DA won't get out of hand with this thing

  • wayne2710 - 2011-07-15 16:40

    It's great to honour Mandela, but Eastern Boulevard was such a neutral name. And why change St George's Mall ? It's a great name - leads to "St George's Cathedral". Ridiculous.

      JohannV - 2011-07-15 16:43

      It will soon become "St Tutu Cathedral"...

      tryanything - 2011-07-15 17:14

      tutu is ok

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-15 16:43

    How come nothing is named after FW De Klerk ?

      R013 - 2011-07-15 16:48

      Because he's white.

      jester - 2011-07-15 16:52

      hahahahaha!! Now that's being brutally honest.

      Colby - 2011-07-15 17:09

      No Jester, that's being racist....but that's what I have come to expect from 90% of the commentators on this forum! Grow up and use this forum for valid POSITIVE criticism.

      JP - 2011-07-15 17:22

      R013 - well they are going to rename a street to Christiaan Barnard - last time I checked he was white.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-15 17:59

      Cause FW stands for "Fast Worard de Kak?"

      Hardegat - 2011-07-15 18:00

      It's actually a VERY good question. I don't like FW De Klerk at all, but he shared that Nobel peace prize with Mandela back in the day. He was also almost single-handedly responsible for dismantling apartheid. There's no logical reason why he shouldn't also be commemorated with a street or building.

      10111 - 2011-07-15 18:34

      @ Hardegat - "He was also almost single-handedly responsible for dismantling apartheid" OMG dude, where you from???

      Hardegat - 2011-07-15 19:04

      Study your history.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-15 19:57

      @Hardegat: OK, so let's call the SARS office "FW De Klerk memorium"? At least you know by whom who will get screwed by?!

      Marcell - 2011-07-16 00:29

      He has done nothing worth noting.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-07-16 11:19

      He's a douche. He was no saint

      Liberty - 2011-07-16 13:11

      @marcell he handed everything over to the ANC on s silver platter. Adderley street should be named after him :-b

      SayWhat? - 2011-07-17 17:48

      I think we should all study our history... BY FAR the strongest contributor to the fall of apartheid was.... the Chase Manhattan Bank when it imposed economic sanctions. it doesn't even get a cul-de-sac in Bloemfontein for its efforts.

  • Daniel - 2011-07-15 16:47

    DA still getting my vote! Good to see they celebrate all races and achievers of past and present incorporating our history and not just changing names for the sake of change or trying to annoy someone by doing it!

      Daniel - 2011-07-15 18:26

      For Hardegat: Yes, "all" races, Old President Nelson Mandela(Black), Christiaan Barnard(White) and Khoisan leader Krotoa(Coloured)! Now we only need one from the Indian community to represent them as well, will be interesting to see who will be chosen in the forth coming years! One question for you though, did you even read the article of did you just go straight to the comment column?

      Hardegat - 2011-07-15 18:31

      Jay Naidoo crescent.

      10111 - 2011-07-15 18:43

      This is the correct move by the DA. They need to get rid of their white party label. Hopefully we will see much more of this "celebration" before the next elections.

      Daniel - 2011-07-15 18:44

      You never know!:)

  • Oryx_ZA - 2011-07-15 16:53

    They should rename the bridge that just stops after Mandela. Good intention, solid foundations but going no where.

  • Gary - 2011-07-15 17:03

    More confusion

  • Colby - 2011-07-15 17:05

    Jeepers guys! Why do they not name anything after F.W. de Klerk? Because he's white.....They must have bleached Chris Barnard then. And as for Patricia De Lille, 16 years ago, she had no other way to voice her feelings, since which she has proven herself to be like Dr. Tutu (of the cathedral fame) sincere and honest. It's pathetic that there are morons around who would dispute Mandela's right to be honoured in every manner possible. Pitiful cynics and whiners need to wake up and try doing something positive for the country instead of sitting around being negative. Hail Mandela, hail's only a pity that the influence of great people like them is on the wane. And Mr De Klerk, great statesman, but perhaps his greatest talent....seeing the writing on the wall! I'm white and proud to call South Africa my home, I am not left wing, but get a life guys and stop whining!

      Daniel - 2011-07-15 17:18

      Well said Colby! Wish there could be more like minded people like this, would paint a pretty picture!!!!! - 2011-07-15 17:45

      Indeed Colby! Most of the comments on this forum come from the kind of people who will complain about everything in life, no matter what changes have been made. These people are blinded by their bitterness.

      motsokwane - 2011-07-15 18:25

      @colby,I can smell your halitosis,do something with it. De klerk and kie will be given full consideration only after they return the Billions they stole.We are on his neck and KWV will be follow suite.

      sunny - 2011-07-18 14:24

      Well said Colby, point is, for all of those who want to re-write history, De Klerk had no choice, it was either abolish apartherd or destroy the country and he had the foresight to quit while on top. The masses of parliamentaries who walked out of the parliament are a true testimony that the oppressive rule suited them the most, and are probably parents to most of the commentators on this forum. So there

  • Enockay - 2011-07-15 17:42

    what a bunch of whinners...finding silly reasons to make racist attacks,makes you feel good but gets you nowhere,Banard is white,Mandela is black,they both being celebrated so what's the problem,

      Azizi - 2011-07-15 20:52

      They lack in breeding and know nothing else.

      Mikus - 2011-07-16 06:48

      maybe better to be a whinner than a losser -

  • Nibiru - 2011-07-15 17:59

    Why don't they rename Church Street Pretoria after mandela?

      Doublepost - 2011-07-15 18:02

      Yeah, great one! Fully in support!

  • Hardegat - 2011-07-15 18:02

    They should name streets after each one of the people who died in Mandela's Church Street bombing.

  • Doublepost - 2011-07-15 18:05

    Eastern Boulevard shall remain Eastern Boulevard. Spend money all you like! Pretoria will remain Pretoria and Port Elizabeth will remain Port Elizabeth. How's the history revision coming along there! Soon everything will be named after the liberals Godlike Terrorist Mandela! You SOBs are so pathetic, the only way you achieve is by stealing the work of others! And the say they don't worship him, hahahahaha, they so funny. God would be so proud.

      msendi - 2011-07-15 18:24

      If that terrorist changed to be a symbol of peace, respected all over the world. I still have a hope that one day people like you will change for the better… One day we will have Doublepost Avenue somewhere in Soweto…

      Daniel - 2011-07-15 18:40

      For msendi: Well said! That will be a glorias day!:)

      Doublepost - 2011-07-15 18:45

      Haha, no, that's not how it works you see. Once a terrorist always a terrorist! Same with any crime. Mandela is not a symbol of peace, are you mad?! He never once renounced violence, not once. He was given the opportunity to be released many times but because he would not renounce violence, was kept in prison or under house arrest as would be truthfully noted. Unfortunately for you chops, there already is a street named after my family. I wonder how long till that gets renamed, huh?!

  • Doublepost - 2011-07-15 18:21

    ANC history revision revised class for the uneducated masses: There was the honorable, heroic blacks with the hugely successful black empire, spanning the entire African continent. Then came the White man in sheep's clothing, literally! Then the dishonorable, unheroic White man some how stole everything from the prosperous blacks and oppressed them and made them work in the mines and farms. Fast forward many years and suddenly God parted the skies and sent his second son down, called Mandela. God sayeth unto Madiba, "Thou shalt slaineth the White demon called Apartheid by blowing upeth the Street called Church!" Madiba magic, as he was known by his followers, then tried to do God's dirty work but was foiled by the evil Whiteman and was wrongfully imprisoned in a 1 meter by 1 meter concrete slab. But Madiba was kind and forgave his transgressors, or so those silly White libbies thought, and was finally and righteously released by the damned White people! Who shalt be forever the black's slaves and shall worketh from morning till night paying the taxeth for Zuma's Harem! Then came the prophecy of Democracy and all was well, and then everything and anything was named Mandela! The End! Hope you enjoyed class! Dismissed!

      nzs - 2011-07-15 23:35

      Doublepost, Would you like to remind yourself (while your head is up your @ss) that Cape Tow and the Western Cape are ruled by the Dumb A$$es (DA), and not the ANC?

      sunny - 2011-07-18 14:28

      Doublepost, you are taking the Lord's name in vain only because you do not agree with the state of affairs in South Africa and have no feelings for Mandela at all. No one is forcing you to like him, heck many people don't. But to take the Lord's name in vain, that is just wrong dude. Hope you get struck down by lighting for your ignorance you fool

  • Skrappie - 2011-07-15 18:22

    Maybe in 10 years time all the street names will be changed to "Nelson Mandela". I will get lost. How will I get home?!

      Hardegat - 2011-07-15 18:37

      In 10 years' time, we probably won't have houses to live in anyway. So the point is really moot.

      Marcell - 2011-07-16 00:34

      Do dirtroads have names?

  • motsokwane - 2011-07-15 18:28

    Well-done Patricia, now that you are right inside their house, teach them respect and also who is the owner of that house they are claiming.

  • 10111 - 2011-07-15 18:30

    Great to hear they getting rid of the name St George's Mall. About time for something a bit more South African. BTW if the ANC rename hi ways in JHB then all the whiners goes with the "waste of MY tax money" story. A little different now when it's done by a white party.

  • Mikaeel - 2011-07-15 19:15

    Good choice! Nobody should be affected by the change. As far as I can remember there is nobody that lives on Eastern Boulevard or any businesses on that road so nobody can say "Now I gotta change my address". Even Holiday Inn Eastern Boulevard isn't on Eastern Boulevard!

  • Phaedioux - 2011-07-15 20:15

    The name changes proposed don't make much difference and in some cases are quite good, except perhaps for St. George's Mall. This won't cause visitors to Cape Town to get lost - they use the mountain as a reference anyway. When they changed Hans Strydom Ave. to Malibongwa Drive in Randburg the whole of JHB got lost. When they changed Witbank to Emalahleni people were doing U turns on the highway in confusion. Some people are now flying to Pietersburg (Polokwane) because every town name along the route from Pretoria has been changed to strange unpronouncable names that don't identify with Warmbaths, Nylstroom, Naboomspruit, Potgietersrus, etc... etc... Tourists who have been to SA before can't even find the Kruger Park by car anymore so they fly there. GPS route finders like Garmin and Tom Tom etc... are not all always up to date with the new names - more problems. It would have made things a heck of a lot easier if both names were used together for a while for natural adjustments to take place?

      nzs - 2011-07-15 23:38

      The only thing that is unpronounceable is your @ss. Get used to pronouncing new names, idiot.

  • praxis - 2011-07-15 20:20

    What the hell for..!, someone please explain this absolute waste of money to me!

      VM1 - 2011-07-15 20:41

      should have been renamed Adolf Hitler or ET boulevard wouldn't you say what a waste of money .... in your dreams buddy in your dreams...

  • Chibuli - 2011-07-15 22:52

    Why are you naming everything after people? No matter who you name a street (or any other public entity) after, some part of the population will be offended - especially if that person is a politician. I prefer a non-inflamatory naming policy where something uniquely South African can be commemorated or recognised - but not people. I cringe for you South Africans every time I drive through some little dorp and see streets named after some ANC politician, because you feel the need to brown-nose some fat imcompetent self-important politico. Bunch of bloody "followers"! I wish South Africa would develop some LEADERS!

      nzs - 2011-07-15 23:40

      "Cringe for you South Africans". That makes you what of what nationality, moron? Stick to matters of your country, if South African matters are too bothersome for you. Doos!

  • Wayne - 2011-07-15 22:56

    Very original because there are no other landmarks named after Mandela.

      Marcell - 2011-07-16 00:42

      My agricultural technician is call mandela.

  • Kevin - 2011-07-16 10:41

    The money wasted on changing names is a disgrace. When you name a road after a politician a number of issues arise. Firstly a politician is never liked by everyone. In the case of Mandela 50% of people think he is a hero and the other 50% think he is a terrorist.Politicians are not all known to be the most honest people and corruption and fraud are words that come to mind. Would any city want to evoke these thoughts in all its residents every day. There was even a rediculous request by the anc to name Cape Town International after Chris Hani. He might be a hero to the anc but he is not liked by many. There was even rumours many years ago that he used to interrogate anc cadre's and that he was not al all pleasant about it. Why are earth would we want to name Capetown after someone that not everyone respects. Let's ban political names for streets and towns and name our towns after good people.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-07-16 11:28

      50% think he's a terrorist? The number is closer to 3%, and I don't think they(the 3%) are as important as they think they are

      Nibiru - 2011-07-16 13:15

      @johncarlos.bisa Just ask the families and friends (black and white) who lost loved ones in the Church Street Pretoria bombing

  • liebner - 2011-07-16 11:57

    Stop renaming highways, and help the poor!!

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-17 15:10

    I agree that neutral names like Eastern Boulevard should be left as is. As for St George's Mall - as a White South African I would like to see SOME semblance of Anglo or Dutch culture - European culture - left in place, especially here in Cape Town where our influence shaped the foundation of this great city to such a large extent. I'm not sure Eastern bld is the right road to honour Madiba with, but I can live with it. As for Luthuli - I would rather people with roots in this city get their names on the door, so to speak.

  • SayWhat? - 2011-07-17 17:40

    I'll say this for Cape Town.. name changes are a much more painless exercise compared to Durban.

  • Peter - 2011-07-19 21:08

    stop renaming everything, its plain stupid!

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