Nelspruit name dispute put to rest

2014-05-11 13:02

Johannesburg - A four-year-long court bid to have the name of Mpumulanga's capital changed back to Nelspruit, from Mbombela, has been lost, the Sunday Times reported.

"We will abide by the court's decision," Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism spokesperson Linda Grimbeek told the newspaper.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday set aside the chamber's application to have the name Nelspruit reinstated.

The chamber challenged the name change because it believed the process had been flawed. She said the judge dismissed their application with costs because the name change was gazetted four years ago.

"He said we cannot turn back the course of history."

Grimbeek said the organisation's lawyer would study the ruling.

Mpumalanga culture, sport and recreation department spokesperson Sibongile Nkosi said the ruling was welcomed.

"We can move forward with the mandate of unifying our people," she said.

Nkosi said the changing of signs in the city would be fast-tracked.

  • Jon Low - 2014-05-11 13:13

    Don't AA and BEE laws involve changing the course of history?

      UnlimitedLFB - 2014-05-11 13:55

      Yes they do.... But those are welcomed changes

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-13 22:41

      The Constitutional court ruled that AA and BBEEE are justified to correct the imbalances created by the apartheid government...if i were you,I'd instead of antagonising the anc/blacks,instead look at another alternative to addressing the question of skills development/poverty without using race...AA will stay as long as attitude continues to harden..but if we choose to address issues together,there is a great prospect of building a strong inclusive government,even if all people will unite around the Democratic Alliance or any other party

  • Koos KitchenTea - 2014-05-11 13:16

    It will ALWAYS be : nelspruit, transvaal, vrystaat, verwoerdburg, pretoria

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-11 20:36

      in your head idiot!!those places were given without consulting the ALL black residents living there,no consultation no why is it that we are being held ransom in our democratic country in which all people are cannot be the government's fault if people fail to attend consultation meetings and if they oppose the name change,lobby the majority into supporting their course!!

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-11 20:38

      by the way,you can keep your old address,and see if you'd receive your mails,LoL

      Johan Fourie - 2014-05-12 05:58

      They were given the names before all the "Black" residents were living there idiot.

      Natchaya Pinsiri - 2014-05-12 07:18

      Kelu did your ancestors build any of those towns? Or even found them your an ignorant idiot! And if it wasn't for the whites South Africa would be a corrupt under devolved cesspool like its neighbors Mozambique,Zimbabwe,Botswana,Lesotho and Swaziland countries who can barely feed there people let alone pay social grants

      Pascal Makgana - 2014-05-12 07:49

      Aaaaag siestog.

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-13 22:12

      oh please white people,get a hold of yourself,many of you are idiots who couldnt build a house out of a deck of cards..people who "built" these countries in africa you use as examples,raped and pillaged the places.white people too trillions worth of mineral resources in our continent..and the little railways they built were purely selfish...and who told you Africa would never had civilisation if it hadnt been for ya'll?put forth thine arguments morons let me hear

  • dan.butler.7967 - 2014-05-11 13:26

    Name changing does NOT unify the people!

      Omn Basso - 2014-05-11 14:58

      but the money , changed hands in the process, do...

  • lloyd.venske - 2014-05-11 13:52

    Welcome to Mandelia!!!

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-11 20:39

      Yes Sir,thats a good idea,i hope the authorities consider that one

  • anke.engelke.35 - 2014-05-11 13:54

    There are no other problems to solve in SA, right? What a waste of money.

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-11 20:43

      I know most of you do not care about whether money is saved or not,i am for saving money;but if the ruling party changes names they realised those who oppose it are usually concerned about their history,albeit a very rosy one in which there was absolutely no democracy,the decisions of that apartheid system were enforced on the it is time that the names/history also represent the racial democraphy inthis country!!i always fail to understand why road signs are always in afrikaans or english even in areas where there is black majority,this must change,no one is better than anyone else here

  • Liz Buitendag - 2014-05-11 14:10

    Stop wasting my tax money!!!

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-11 20:44

      dont worry,just as our tax was used to name a city Pretoria,without consulting me,this must be done,the only difference is there was consultation this time

      markmiwordz - 2014-05-11 22:31

      @ Kelu Lamont. You were not around to cosult. Still living in the rural areas when the city was founded.!

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-13 22:15

      yes,my grandparents were made to sell their livestock to pay the taxes,i know about are/and were not the only ones paying taxes..we black have contributed a lot with our sweat,blood and tears to build this country

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-13 22:48

      yes i was probably not around,maybe still living in a cave..but i was taxed and that money used to fund the apartheid machine that favored you!the government that pushed all african from the cities to rural areas,the government that discriminated against the majority of the citizens of this country...and behold now here is democracy, the african way of saying "i forgive you for how you treated me badly,and still refuse to show remorse"...and yes you can go ahead and preach to every other people of you type how uncivilised and brutish an african is,and how civilised and moral you are...but we(including you) knows how you yearn for that time in history when an african meant nothing to you...that time is gone papa,this is now...i would nto that anybody take revenge,but if the democratic process irks you then just shut up and go any country that will tolerate you warped views

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-05-11 14:14

    Indeed! A victory for the council! Screw basic services and municipal services, it's all in the name anyway! Viva, four more years, viva!

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-11 20:45

      Bertus,actually its not four,it is Five years*wink*

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-13 22:51

      see the IEC website...its 5years!!and i believe 16 people who disliked my comment do not know this...damn ignorance!!!

  • Sandy Cohen - 2014-05-11 14:22

    Exactly Koos xx

  • Sandy Cohen - 2014-05-11 14:23

    No Dan just a waist of our money

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-11 20:46

      waste not waist..

  • Stefan Van Rensburg - 2014-05-11 14:30

    Dan gaan ek sekerlik binnekort weer en soos gewoonlik Nelspruit toe. Dis daar in Oos-Transvaal. Mens ry in die oggend teen die son in. Verander net wat julle wil aan die name; jy verander nie 'n mens se hart met 'n ander naam nie. Groete aan al die Nelspruiters. Van die mens hier in Pretoria.

  • Themba Mzukulwane Ka-Ndlavele Thela - 2014-05-11 14:35

    Mxm,thats the only thing they change names,change names....what will that benefit any1?

      Omnivore - 2014-05-11 20:07

      Exactly! I don't care... call it whatever but who benefits?? Nobody.

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-11 20:52

      why are you thinking about economics only?there has to be social transformation,and you cant blame the government if some racial group chooses to go hiking or fishing,when decisions that affect the country are being made...yes money must be spend to reverse the damage the apartheid government did,there are still lots of places that still retain their names from the past,i dont what the bruhaha is all about:Potchefstroom,Pietermarizburg,Bloemfontein,Richards Bay,Pretoria,Klerksdorp..only a few has been changed,and by democratic means,i do not understand why some few people think they have a monopoly in deciding what the history of this country should be?

      Natchaya Pinsiri - 2014-05-12 07:32

      @Kelu You corrected Sandy Cohan on a spelling mistake just above.But your grammar is pathetic I mean even a six year old knows that sentences start with a capital. And when writing an I it's also spelled in the capital form as I is then a name you give yourself. I do comprehend that you most likely have no tertiary education or even High school for that matter. If so refrain from making comments that you will not be able to back up with sufficient knowledge of set subject matter.

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-13 22:21

      @Natchaya Pinsiri,in fact bummy,i have a Bsc (Hons)degree in Physics..LOL..I do not need to write capital letters to prove that attended university..if you cant disprove anything i said go ahead,its the content of the argument that matters,we can then speak about the way how many african languages can you speak,oh maybe you hate africans so much you cant even attempt to learn their languages,but do you understand german?french,spanish?

  • Themba Mzukulwane Ka-Ndlavele Thela - 2014-05-11 14:43

    Mxm,thats the only thing they change names,change will that benefit any1?..the name Nelspruit was good

  • Chris Du Preez - 2014-05-11 15:01

    Donner people take thins serious, change the names get it over with, very few people actually care what you call the place you stay. The costs involve yes, especially the costs of going to court to argue about something as meaningless as the name of a town.

  • Alan Robertson - 2014-05-11 15:17

    The fact is that the anc promised during codesa that there would be proper consultation before any name changes. This has often as in Nelspruit has not been the case. Another empty promise?

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-11 20:55

      are you thick or what..the judge has just ruled there WERE consultations...and you obviously didnt care to register you objections at that time,because you believed they must come to your house and beg you

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-13 22:23

      prove me wrong..all you can do is 'dislike' my shows how narrow-minded white folks in this forum are,and some of their black puppets

  • Willie Olivier - 2014-05-11 16:18

    And in the universe there is a planet called Eath. And on it are insects called the human race. LOST IN TIME AND MEANING!

  • Harry Shaw - 2014-05-11 16:47

    Net so Stefan van Rensburg!!!

      Amanda Matthews - 2014-05-11 18:21

      Ek stem saam!!

  • Bamba Rampele - 2014-05-11 21:10

    kelu you are a stupid puppet of the anc grow a pair !!! useless thing

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-13 22:25

      thanks bro,I have a big pair,Lol...and what makes you think I support the ANC?why do you think that people from other parties cant hold these views..stop being narrow-minded and the least you can do is think before you comment

  • Rocky Bell - 2014-05-12 04:20

    While on the subject of name changes what about changing the following offensive names. These and other names have been around for way to long. Umkomaas, Uvongo, Umhlanga, Umzinto, Thaba Zimbi, Phalaborwa, and all the other *black* names prior 1994. *Black list* these names now.

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-13 22:27

      No man..those wont be changed they are not in the list...thanks for suggesting,next comment please!!

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