New Durban street names win support

2012-03-02 10:33

Durban - Most Durban residents who took part in a public hearing and consultation process felt nine controversial new street names should be adopted, the New Age reported on Friday.

The affected streets were Margaret Mncade (formerly Victoria Embankment), Stalwart Simelane Street (Stanger Street), Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (NMR Avenue), Mahatma Gandhi Road (Point Road), Johannes Nkosi Street (Alice Street), Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street (Grey Street and Broad Street), Dr AB Xuma (Commercial Road) and Ruth First Freeway (M4 northern highway).

The newspaper said the public hearings had taken place over a three-month period.

More than 8 500 people had contacted the eThekwini municipality over the issue, with almost all wanting the new names to stay.

The Democratic Alliance had taken the African National Congress-led council to court, complaining that there had not been public participation in the process.

In November last year, the municipality was ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeal to hold public hearings, after the court found it had followed inadequate procedure.

  • Gichumz - 2012-03-02 10:46

    AGain? serousely??

      Grimett - 2012-03-02 16:14

      Don't these okes have tombstones somewhere,all these names across the city making it a big cemetery.Might as well have an obituary next to each sign.

  • eserfontein - 2012-03-02 10:57

    So, there's money to change the name of the street but there's no money to put food in the mouths of the kidz on that same street.

      Alan - 2012-03-02 11:15

      But you see Edward - we have to get our priorities right. What use is it feeding a child who will grow up not even knowing who DR Yusuf Dadoo was? LMML @ these bl**dy clowns who spend so much time, energy and money on absolute rubbish. All streets shouls be names 1st St, 2nd St ..etc. and get the politics out of them. When the ANC seelf destructs, are we going to have to rename all the streets again?

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-02 11:17

    Correction - the Durban residents have given up; as it is clear that the ANC led council does anything they want - and as we are being milked dry due escalating rates and taxes - I would want to see service delivery and not the renaming of streets which bear no offence. But of course that would be wishful thinking.... One more suggestion - change Durban's name too - to DirtBin - as this is what it has become thanks to the inefficient, sloppy, non-caring screw up management courtesy of the eThekweni Municipality!

  • Alan - 2012-03-02 11:21

    Seriously though - the DirtBin taxi drivers love the new names! They know where NMR Ave is, but have no idea where Masabalala Yengwa Avenue is, so they have to drive us around a few extra km's trying to find the new streets. True story.

      Kala - 2012-03-02 12:24

      True. I told our driver to deliver a document to Stalwart Simelane Street and he looked me with a dumb expression. When I said Stanger street, his eyes lit up and he went off a happy man.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-03-02 11:39

    Bullsh$t! Who are these people?? Everyone I know do NOT want these names!!

      Alan - 2012-03-02 11:45

      Street children

  • Julie - 2012-03-02 11:45

    Moving to the East Rand (aka Ekurhuleni)from Durban is the best thing I ever did. When we as a family moved to Durban back in '65, the city was clean, safe, well-run and debt-free under the previous council, especially when the late Gys Muller was elected Mayor and the councillors were always there for their constituents, especially the Bluff. However, now Durban, like the rest of S.A. cities (and the country itself) has deteriorated into a stinking sewer of filth, crime and corruption, and as for those renamed streets after all those so-called 'heroes of the struggle,' those same so-called 'heroes' were (and still are) nothing more than terrorists, murders, greedy individuals who care not a fig for the people who pay their exorbitant salaries out of their hard-ewarned tax-money. The sooner the population begins to accept that the ANC is totally greedy and corrupt, the sooner will changes come and this corrupt government be brought to its knees and replaced with people who are capable of running a clean administration - perhaps a coalition of DA, ACDP and FF+ - definitely not until then...

      Alan - 2012-03-02 11:49

      Eish - and if you are happy moving to Ekurhuleni - it does not say much for Durbs!

      Alan - 2012-03-02 11:58

      Slaps Teri's Wrist.

      makesuthink - 2012-03-02 12:15

      Teri Do you the english for eThekweni also who built up the village then town and finally city of Durban Why don't you climb back into your tree Sorry I forgot somebody cut it down and used it for firewood

      Julie - 2012-03-09 09:06

      Alan, yes, I had my doubts when I had to leave Durban, but as I said - when we moved to Durban back in '65, it was clean, safe and friendly. Here on the East Rand there is also crime and corruption, but where I stay is almost a rural area with huge tracts of open land - marshland, actually, giving the city that rural atmosphere. And I have yet to see a single street name changed to that of a terrorist/murderer/so-called 'freedom fighter.' I don't know Johannesburg at all - some 40+ k's from here, anyway - but I believe some streets have been renames, but certainly not applying the same madness as under Mike S**tcliffe who would have loved nothing more that to have the whole of Durban renamed. As it is, the previous mayor, Obed Mlaba, apparently also objected to the name Ethekwini, as (from what I understand) referred to the harbour being the shape of a bull's scrotum and wanted to have that name changed too... Bloody idiot/s...

  • werner.smidt - 2012-03-02 11:47

    Hi, look up what Mahatma Gandhi said about black people. Time you read up on your history.

      Alan - 2012-03-02 11:51

      I take off Ma Hat to him.

      Teri - 2012-03-02 11:53

      Are you retarded or do you practice to look stupid?

      Repline - 2012-03-02 12:21

      Why Teri, were you planning on giving lessons?

      Shiv - 2012-03-02 12:29

      and look up what zuma said about black people, and look up what verwoed said about black peole, and look up what trevor noah said about indian people ....blah blah blah....

      Kala - 2012-03-02 12:34

      He even calls the k......... in his writings.

      werner.smidt - 2012-03-02 12:41

      Hi, Teri Here's the source. The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi. 8. p. 199 ( You have a good weekend now.

      werner.smidt - 2012-03-02 12:42

      @Alan . . is that . . is that Hagar the horrible?

      werner.smidt - 2012-03-02 12:58

      @shiv And I'm sure Verwoerd is paraded globally as a hero..... Careful, you might bring a new stereotype that "Indian people are defensive" into being. . . . However, I like to humour people, so I found some one-sided history for you:

      Shiv - 2012-03-02 14:01

      post as many links as you like, keep blowing hot air.....SA belongs to the black man.

      Frank - 2012-03-02 15:01

      i`ve read it,him and jan smuts seemed to actually have a mutual respect for eachother too.

      Frank - 2012-03-02 15:11

      gandhi did use the k word but in those days it wasn`t viewed as an `insult`,it was just a was the c word for indians and southern asian workers.he went on to basically describe blacks as uncivilised,troublesome and dirty.He also described indians as being superior to blacks.there was more but don`t want to go into to much detail.just remember these aren`t my personal views,i`m merely putting this forward because i was so shocked to read it,and then found it quite strange that they saw it fir to rename a street after him.

  • BuzzM - 2012-03-02 11:47

    ...and I believe in Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy! The only fair way to get an accurate and fair answer is by asking each and every owner of property in that street, whether they want that street's name changed. I bet the rate payers are not for this blatant waste of their money! Take a look at how many suburbs / towns in this country now have the name "New Town". These towns don't have street names either. When the ANC have finished naming these towns and streets, maybe then, they could consider naming traffic circles in well established cities. This is just another ploy to upset people!

      Alan - 2012-03-02 11:52

      Yeah - like maybe "Policy Circle"

  • Ryan Holland - 2012-03-02 11:55

    Do they have to used the full name including title? Seem a bit ostentatious don't you think? Ordinance servey maps of British rural roads still hold their Roman names, the stamp of their origins. To be fair, at least half of the CBD roads should retain their original names. You can't just rewrite history as you please.

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  • Lorrin - 2012-03-02 11:56

    What a crock of Sh*t - I cannot believe that residents actually want the names to change...Once again the ANC bulldoze everything and everyone.

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-02 12:01

    Yeah rename them.....but eish I almost got lost cos many street names have changed. Itheku should be about Durban people and not just descendants of criminals. Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename, Rename!!!!!!!!!

  • S - 2012-03-02 12:50

    Instructions to eThekwini Municipality Call Centre Operators: You have a form with the question "Do you approve of the name changes?" If a caller says yes, put a large tick in the box. If the caller says no, put a small tick in the box.

  • Ron - 2012-03-02 13:23

    Why are streets named after people? This is offensive in the extreme, as I guess these people are of a specific politicsl persuasion!

  • amanda - 2012-03-02 14:06

    Yeah right! My foot. And I am sure that the people living in Trouble Mkize Road just love the name too. Corrupt municipality to the core. So glad I sold up and got out two years ago.

  • Woodywiz - 2012-03-02 18:00

    Well they certainly never asked any of the ratepayers that pay their salaries

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-03-02 21:13

    These guys are seriously deluded. Please go and name new roads you build with those idiotic sounding names.

  • Azania - 2012-03-09 08:29

    Who cares about what you say, this is an African country and it belongs to Africans and therefore its street names should also be African. "Victoria Embankment" is not African last time I check, if you want to drive along this kind of street names, go to Europe. When African visit Europe, names are Victoria Embankment and etc because it is in Europe, so must it be in South Africa, this is not South Netherland, it is South Africa. So, whites are accommodated in our country and they must respect our decisions else they must disappear.

      Julie - 2012-03-09 08:52

      So, Azania, if this is an African country, then everything, but EVERYTHING that the whites planned, designed, constructed and maintained - should be razed to the ground and the land returned to its original state as it was before whites arrived with their technology and skills. Fact is that before all this, when whites first set foot in Africa, there was only bare veldt, ground, bush, etc - housing consisted of either single-storied mud or thatched dwellings; the inhabitants wore skins and hunted with spears, and no wheel or boat to be seen. Is that what you want, Azania? Your reply would read something like this: "No - we love the white man's inventions and I will say it on my Chinese/Japanese/American invented Computah and drive around in my Chinese/Japanese/American built car and talk to my friends on my Chinese/japanese/American cellphone to tell them to sing 'Dubula ihBhunu' or 'Bulala Amabhulu" with Juliarse malemmer and terrorist madiba...

      Henry.E.S.Moorcroft - 2012-03-09 15:55

      Just asking...shouldn't the name Durban then be changed to something more African?

  • Julie - 2012-03-09 08:57

    Any bets that the more that 8,500 people who approved of the renaming process were non-reflectives, with a scattering of white libtards and wiggers???

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