Pretoria name changes going ahead

2012-04-30 17:19

Johannesburg - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday ruled against an application by AfriForum for an urgent court interdict preventing the City of Tshwane from changing 25 street names.

"The city welcomes the court ruling and will continue with the street name changes...," the metro said in a statement.

"The process should therefore be seen as a nation building exercise aimed at bringing social cohesion and healing from the past in Tshwane."

AfriForum legal representative and spokesperson Willie Spies said the city "confessed" that the streets would still include their old names for the next six months.

"That confession took away the basis for the interdict. That six months will be enough time to compile our review application."

He said the review would be submitted near the end of May.

He previously said the decision to apply for an interdict came after serious objections were made against the manner in which the metro held the public hearings into the name changes.

Spies said the city had changed its policy on street names twice while the process was underway.

"This highlights the arbitrary and illogical conduct of the council regarding this important matter," he said.

The new names include changes from Hendrik Verwoerd drive to Johan Heyns drive, Hans Strydom drive to Solomon Mahlangu drive, Schoeman street to Francis Baard street and Vermeulen street to Madiba street.

  • Benn - 2012-04-30 17:28

    No problem, providing the "mayor" changes his to Big Skabenga

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-01 10:59

      actually it is sgebengu not skabenga but nice try,should have used groot skelm instead

      Johnny - 2012-05-02 12:46

      They can change the names as much as they want to... look around, this is not the same Pretoria anymore that I remember 20 years ago! Just drive through Sunnyside and see what I mean... not the same !

      Gary - 2012-05-02 16:18

      Why only the Mayor? What about all the ANC CADRES......??

  • zaakiro - 2012-04-30 17:37

    Gauteng needs 20 Billion for the upgraded freeways, why don't these retards priorities expenditure and use the money where necessary.

      Thato - 2012-04-30 18:01

      you are so-so right, and they should cancel all sports codes in the City and rather use that money to re-pave all the sidewalks, move the parks& cemetry budget to redo all road signs and remove all street lights to reduce electricity costs& afford replacement of all traffic lights.... yes you are 100% correct- Tshwane Metro must scratch everythingelse and revamp all freeways since we don't have a Department of Roads and Transport... I mean realy now***_ how does Street Names get to Freeways???? know my News24 Readers...*sigh*...I give up!!

      Fussed - 2012-04-30 18:34

      Herman - 2012-04-30 18:58

      Point is Thato, If we stop squandering money one unnecessary window dressing but rather spend it on things that prove that democracy really improved the lives of South Africans (education, safety and security, service delivery, job creation) there will be enough for everything, including the roads. Sorry, ANC corruption also has to stop.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 19:30

      @Thato, that's spot on. And these idiots will tell us the Heritage Dy and Freedom Day expenditures are a waste of money, we should use the money for Service Delivery initiatives. Stuff that, the name change is significant to the majority of ths country. Accept reality and stop whining.

      Denise - 2012-04-30 20:17

      @Thato / siyadyosibo - You moan about a NAME, while 20-million south african citizens are living in abject poverty. You try and justify that wasting money on changing names is better than spending it on feeding, educating, clothing and housing the people? Are you blind or just stupid and ignorant? Spend our tax money on what is ACTUALLY NEEDED. Viva South Africa - names and all! Stop bankrupting this country with nonsense! You and your fellow village idiots… andivumelani nawe. Ubenemini emnandi.

      henk63 - 2012-05-01 08:57

      @Thato / siyadyosibo - You remind me of years ago. The first TV channel in the country was SAUK1. After that, in 1977 or so, more channels were added to accommodate black laguages. Those were called SAUK2, 3 etc. in the order which they were added. The first thing blacks did when they had a say, was to make SAUK1 a black language station because #1 is the "best" and therefore could not be "white". This is the typical stupid mindset we have here - that is the reality and we have to adapt. All we are asking is: Why? Did you really believe the number 1 has any bearing on the quality of content it transmits? Equally, do you realize that renaming things you get from whites will never really make it yours? Will you ever have an idea how brainless you seem?

      bluzulu - 2012-05-02 13:02

      Cos' they know a bit more than you Zaa,

      Gary - 2012-05-02 16:19

      Because that my friend makes FAR too much sense !!!!!

  • Tumisang - 2012-04-30 17:42

    Good...Vermulen is nie my pa nie..

      Blaine - 2012-04-30 18:10

      VERMEULEN - Mbeki en Mtafeltjie en Mstoelki ook nie myne nie

      Tony - 2012-05-01 05:41

      Did you know Vermulen wasn't your pa, or did mom just admit this, or do you suspect Oom Jake is your pa? Maybe, ma is not too sure who your pa is ...... They have a word for kids like you, ........begins with B followed by something hat sounds like are stead.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-01 11:01

      Tony there is a name for ppl like you too

  • Alan - 2012-04-30 17:47

    Those who can build and develop do; those who can't rename.

      Smile - 2012-04-30 19:04

      Well said!!!

      Oscar - 2012-04-30 20:37

      @Siyadyosiba, those who were oppressed and got liberated still do not have street names in their squatter camps. Africans will stay poor and backward till the end of time.

      Smile - 2012-04-30 21:07

      siyadyosiba - The black people will stay oppressed untill they give a educated vote to another political party other than the ANC, thats why the ANC does not want educated voters, and thats the reason the ANC are wasting money -to keep the masses uneducated and to spread propoganda!

      George - 2012-05-01 06:47

      And those that are currently oppressing will soon see their backside when the tax revenue dries up. NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

      Compos - 2012-05-02 06:34

      If it wasn't for Apartheid/ oppression/ slavery they would have had no claim to fame.

  • claude.adams3 - 2012-04-30 17:49

    Seriously???!!! Our people are complaining about houses, government grants etc. Surely the funds could be used more constructively. All these Afrikaans name that they want to change is part of our history as well; just like we need to remember the bad things in our past that we went through to get here; surely our kids should know who was the cause.

      Ian - 2012-04-30 18:23

      Inja I doubt if you even know who they were. Look up the definition of history. If you live here, what happened in the past is your and everyone else's history! You can't change that.

      Inja - 2012-04-30 18:33

      I do not care what they mean b ut they represent my colonisers

      Oscar - 2012-04-30 20:39

      Inja, who is oppressing you? Your African mentality will keep you poor and backward.

      Smile - 2012-04-30 21:13

      lacoste - Yeah, that mentality is what I hate: "We would build some houses, schools, and roads if we had the money!" COUGH LIES COUGH "But we would rather waste it the money on changing names and enriching ourselves because we faught a strugle(and continued to fight for finacial liberation of our strugling wallets)" :)

      delahvonne - 2012-05-01 09:21

      @Inja, how old are you Inja, do you even have any experience of oppressors in your time excluding the oppressors we have now in the form of the ANC? They do not even care about their own people, open your eyes!

      Michael - 2012-05-02 15:04

      "But this is new chapter and its history is being written by the victors." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... everything IS, HAS BEEN and WILL always be given to you on a plate. Victors..... my A$$. Do you not remember the referendum??? But if there was a prise for Corruption, Rape, Murder etc etc. then you guys are the VICTORS!!!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-04-30 17:51

    Changing names of existing roads - how absurdly petty is that. Morin's.

      Don.Tandy - 2012-04-30 17:57

      Sorry - moron

      Pieter Olivier - 2012-04-30 18:10

      These poor, poor small minded, bigoted people... being offended by a name... shame...

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-30 17:53

    They better change it now, it sounds very oppressive.

      Inja - 2012-04-30 18:03

      I wsanted to change it in 1989 when I climbed on Malan's statue.

      Inja - 2012-04-30 18:47

      You so stupid to go and clean the statue the following day as if it meant something, need I remind you Irene?

      Smile - 2012-04-30 19:08

      Inja - Maybe you can ask the ANC to stop changing the name and divert the money to education? That way you can learn english, post comments that make sense and you will be able to read the names?

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 19:56

      @ndlovu, it sounds oppresive? HAHAHAHAHA @Inja, Irene is just a poor attention seeking granny who doesn't have a pal. Apartheid monuments are the only things that can make her happy. Let’s leave Hans Strydom unchanged for her sake.

      Smile - 2012-04-30 21:22

      @siyadyosiba - Your true colours are showing :( Why do you even post here? You are not welcome, your opinion is overated.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-30 17:58

    No-one can be surprised. This is the last bastion, the last icon of apartheid and it had to fall eventually. So let's not get all emotional about a few names, save that energy for the things that really matter - getting this country out of the political quagmire it's wallowing in

      Smile - 2012-04-30 21:26

      Yeah, the same can be said on name changing! SO lets not waste money or emotion on apartheid names! Lets not change them! The strugle continues against cANCer :(

      Ari - 2012-05-02 07:54

      . . .and it won't be long before a new regime takes over and the names are changed once again. Its the last resort of desperate politicians - and those types of sub-humans simply come and go. Feed the sheep a name change or two - it makes them happy and they can sleep at night in the firm belief that "they" are winning. I weep for the specie.

  • Tony - 2012-04-30 17:58

    "bringing social cohesion and healing" - yeah right!!! Rather use the money to feed the street kids.

  • Aubrey - 2012-04-30 18:15


      Irene - 2012-04-30 18:43

      muziwandilelele ~ You're right about it being the crime era now. That's exactly what apartheid managed to prevent.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 18:57

      muziwandile ~ Shooting protestors like Tatane? Regarding crime, as yourself who the criminals are? Go on, I dare you.

      Inja - 2012-04-30 19:01

      People were shot for playing dice and sitting in group. So to me crime was always high, mainly carried out by white police and soldiers. How did I survive, it's a meracle.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 19:05

      Inja ~ Pity you did.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 19:14

      @Aubrey, no CVs required. Only if you played a significant role in our liberation movement your name may be chosen.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 19:23

      Inja ~ The feeling is mutual BUT only for ignorant little rabble rousers like you, not the decent citizens of this country - only the scum.

      Senamela - 2012-05-01 10:23

      Irene reminds me of Uncle Ruckus from boondocks... lol

      bluzulu - 2012-05-02 14:06

      This didn't happen in the past when Colonist names were instigated and the Indigenous names removed........Why should this happen now?

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-04-30 18:16

    @twala...uninformed ppl like you should rather not post comments. wtf does any of the other names mean...cant expect u to know that...dont worry. nobody knows anyway!!

      Inja - 2012-04-30 18:50

      But you are uniformed too

      bluzulu - 2012-05-02 14:07

      Ahhh.......Mr. Jacobs, your comment is revealing enough unfortunately.

  • RoryKlein - 2012-04-30 18:25

    So they go and changed the name to another name that will have to be changed in 30 years time again and waste some more tax payers money. Why could they not use a neutral name, like that of animals, birds etc? I really laughed at some of the comments here, really people half the people making comments here werent even born during the apartheid era, but after. Apartheid is still prominent in this country only difference now is it is called BEE. We are truely a reformed country. Let the people run the country get rid of the politicians and religious leaders, that is where most of the problem stems from. /end rant! I am just tired of TAX PAYERS money getting wasted!

  • Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-04-30 18:27

    If we want to change the names to reflect our true country then we should use names like corrupt street. Or killing lane. Or maybe rape avenue.

      abed26 - 2012-04-30 18:35

      @Ferdie why didn't you advise your forefathers to use those names for that apartheid regime? They were CORRUPT, they KILLED

      Irene - 2012-04-30 18:35

      Inja ~ F.O.A.D. like the D.O.G. you are.

      Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-04-30 18:36

      Slightly racist won't you say???

      Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-04-30 18:38

      The problem in our country is a certain minority of people won't forget the past. Build a bridge my friend. And get over it!!!

      Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-04-30 18:47

      @Muzi apparently it does

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 19:03

      @muzi, To you what does it represent?

  • Fussed - 2012-04-30 18:28

  • Itse - 2012-04-30 18:56

    These sod crimpers are clearly not fit for governance,when they run out of things to do they always resort to street name changing as if that will fix the cities in some way.Have they been to the City center lately...,horrible place...Sunnyside is a slum,promoting crime and drug trade.Busy wasting money renaming,rather come up with strategies on how to improve the city's infrastructure and rebuild the flats.Why is it that the city center in New York and other world class cities are lovely and most sort after whilst South Africans rather live as far away from them as possible.Put accountable,qualified people to these portfolios and stop putting the so-called ''politicians'' that are ill-qualified.This comrade thing has to end.

  • niki.wessels - 2012-04-30 19:00

    FFS, the E-toll ruling should have been a wake-up call for the authorities to get their priotities right. Don't spend money naming streets after the Sitholes before you fix the potholes. Millions go to changing what goes onto nameplates, while many food plates remain empty. I suppose, though, these throwers of lavish parties spend so much time jet-setting around the world or coccooned in their luxury homes that they are clueless about what really goes on, except when it comes to cuddling up to powerful political allies...

      Inja - 2012-04-30 19:03

      Tswane is here to stay, just start memorising it.

      Drienie - 2012-05-02 13:20

      Inja you cant even spell Tshwane correctly, and you wana raise your voice... hmmmmm, a bit dof dont you think?

  • Jack - 2012-04-30 19:03

    Perfectly correct black people that have the interests of all the population at heart. Viva le name changes. They represent the way forward. We must unite as one nation and our common names of our ancestors and unspoilt liberation heroes are the way to teach our young people how to write.

      bluzulu - 2012-05-02 14:09

      Well said Jack,

  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-04-30 19:27

    I couldn't care less what they change the names to, what irritates me is that I have to keep paying to upgrade my Garmin!

  • Gareth - 2012-04-30 19:27

    I agree with changing the names, that's fine, it's just at the wrong time, with all the fighting about e-tolls and finances.

  • Craig - 2012-04-30 19:29

    Let's face it, all the names must change. The streets, towns and cities have all become depressing rubbish dumps, full of debris, sewage, pot holes, and dirt. They are the remains of what was once a functional infra structure. Pretoria is no longer Pretoria. It is a dump. You can call it what you like!

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-04-30 19:48

    smile.jys f..'Tup

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-04-30 19:52

    @Kevin.Dit wat jy voorstel klink reg.Maaaaar dit is net so ondankbaar vir hulle.hulle brand weer met die volgende toi toi af.........

      Mesulie Vince' Ntombela - 2012-04-30 23:23

      @Steven slima ndini...hamba lengulube le

      Keith - 2012-05-01 06:48

      Are these all "official languages"?

  • Brave - 2012-04-30 19:55

    What's in a name? I mean REALLY, if you think about it. If your heritage and identity lies in a NAME and not in IDENTITY of who YOU are, then it's very late in the day. Geezlike people grow up! Paul Kruger Straat or Beyers Naude Street or O R Tambo Drive or Julius Malema Boulevard to Oblivion - WTF?????

      Keith - 2012-05-01 06:52

      We all resent change, especially senseless change. The more the ANC government fails the more it will want to show that things are improving by taking petty actions like changing street names - there is nothing more important to do.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-04-30 19:56

    @Irene.Irene vir presedent.Viva

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 19:58

    Nice one Craig imagine a flop cat thinking like you i think not.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-04-30 20:12

    I'm very sorry for the few exceptions, but blacks are just plain stupid, generally. We all have to live with it, unfortunately.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 20:25

      It is so unfortunate that they will govern you till Jesus comes. I feel pity for you, the thought and feeling of being led by a stupid person for the rest of your life should be very traumatic.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-04-30 20:30

      Yes, siyadyosiba, we, you and me are doomed, doomed to be governed by the stupid people. What can we do, blacks outnumber the clever people.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 20:38

      @Feeble, I fall within that group of blacks. As you know a stupid person does not know that he is stupid. So, I don't know that I'm doomed and I'm actually happy that the country is ruled by the ANC.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-04-30 20:45

      Be blissfully ignorant then. Like most SAn voters.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 20:56

      @Feeble, if you call ignorance, be my guest. i have nothing to say about your deductions.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-04-30 21:00

      Like I said, blissfully....

      FeebleGastro - 2012-04-30 21:53

      Fannie, you give me quite a few options. I know about Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Peru, Mexico, and even Haiti. But where is Gooebye?

      Musa - 2012-05-01 00:31

      i think you are the big stupid

      Keith - 2012-05-01 07:00

      FeebleGastro, I,as a white non-ANC voter find your original remark offensive and uncalled for. But if you read all the comments in response to that remark you'll have to agree that the level of intelligence on both side is abysmal.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-05-01 07:48

      Keith, it is time to call the problem by its name. PCness has got us nowhere. The Bell curve doesn't lie. And Africa (including the new "democratic" South Africa) and places like Haiti underscore it. So I believe calling a problem by the name is very much called for. You carry on on your merry blinkered way, I'll see things as they are.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-05-01 07:50

      And like I always point out, there are exceptions, and in no way do I want to belittle them. But the exception is never the rule.

      Senamela - 2012-05-01 10:39

      @Feeble that's stupidly insensitive... @Fannie I think the exact destination would be 'The united Provinces' ... as a european prostitute...

  • Gideon - 2012-04-30 20:36

    What a waste of money. There are more important matters.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 20:46

      to name a few, paving the street to the club you always hang out in on weekends nhe?

      Smile - 2012-04-30 21:44

      Siyadyosiba those same streets you sweep ;)

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 20:53

    Fanny do you know where blacks originated,it wasnt africa.Sorry i think i spelt your name incorrectly.

  • Alf - 2012-04-30 20:59

    Of course name changes are necessary. As an example a street named "Church" street reeks of Apartheid! Mashatile and Co., you all need your heads examined! How many houses could you build with the money you throw away on these useless exercises - the identical twins Mo and Ron are at it again! They seem to be everywhere in govrnment structures these days!

  • Koketso - 2012-04-30 22:03

    There's one thing I've learned about the white people on news24, they are hypocrites. If the government announces that it wants to build more RDP houses, white people here complain about how blacks want everything for free. But then when the government says it wants to use money to change street names in Pretoria, white people on complain about people needing but not getting RDP houses.

      mkgatla3 - 2012-04-30 23:07

      Ga gona lekgoa la bohlale mo news24 they are driven by hatred and racism...leave them like tht..their comments wont change the world

      shadrack.phiri - 2012-05-01 00:08

      I like to agree with u in most cases including the rape issues the past week more white people made racial comments rather than solutions. U speak of rape they want to address it with skin colour

      bernardine.vw - 2012-05-01 08:34

      Just answer this... Who is the feared race who is known for killing and raping and stealing? Who is the race that cant control their own people? Who dance around and break down everything in their path when they cant have their way? We dont need to relate crime to colour... it is the reputation you have maintained so well yourselves. I am not racist because if my own race had to behave in this manner i would be ashamed and beg of them to change their ways. We could all get along if we change toward each other for the sake of our country, apartheid is long gone so why do we still hate each other when God expects us to forgive and forget? I treat everyone as i would like to be treated even when they reject my kindness because a little bit of kindness and love can change a whole nation.

      Senamela - 2012-05-01 10:52

      @Bernadine... You're not racist, you're just slow and stupid.

      Naledi - 2012-05-02 05:03

      bernardine.vw u truly are an idiot!no amount of words can describe your kind really. I think you forget that in order to maintain your system of apartheid and slavey you killed and raped so I'm surprised that its now a black person thing to rape wow u leave in ur own world!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-02 07:44

      Where have you ever seen complaints about building houses? Not here you haven't.

  • mkgatla3 - 2012-04-30 23:11

    Well its simple,we are living in a democratic state,why should we keep names of bad people on our towns or street names,we should also demolish their statues as well..

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-05-01 04:25

      And it's exactly because of morons like you that this country is suffering. Wasting our money on crap. Call it what you want, it won't fix this country!

      Neels - 2012-05-01 11:41

      The only bad people I know of is your ANC goverment the most corrupt in the world what a joke

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-01 00:29

    Just think ,how much will it cost.could that money be used for growth for the country?or to change names of streets.changing the names of streets won't change your history and will slow down the change for the future.

  • Musa - 2012-05-01 00:47

    Let us not forget Afriforum they are protecting apartheid status

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-01 01:56

      Those idiots are gonna be history soon.

      Sharmay - 2012-05-01 12:26

      not really, as whites in SA, surely we are allowed to have reminders of our heritage too, good and bad? You cant know the good without knowing the bad and history in SA is complex because of it. Getting rid of street names wont change much, except your money in your wallet because you have to buy a new road map. Frankly, I'm surprised the ANC hasn't chosen to bash the Voortrekker Monument yet..luckily for us whities, its a heritage sight so ppl like you can't touch it! kwa kwa kwa

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-01 00:56

    It's so funny ,continue to waste money and in 100 years still blame whites because u have something constructive that will help your children's children.good luck

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-05-01 03:57

    and they bicker and fight about stupid bloody street names when the streets themselves are in such a state. PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA, WAKE BLOODY UP! You fight each other about absolute BS. Who gives a monekys backside about a streets name. If that is what defines you, makes you who you are or is the sum total reminder of where you come then you are a sad sorry lot! I cannot fathom the stupidity of the people debating stupid bloody street names. Your heritage is something street names cannot take or make and your honour something nobody can name. DUMB BUNCH OF IDIOTS - THE LOT OF YOU.

      bluzulu - 2012-05-02 14:11

      I ain't Dumb, heheehheheheeeeee

  • Keith - 2012-05-01 06:39

    If they are so keen on naming roads after 'great' South Africans, why don't they name the recently 'Untolled' road after Zuma. Or "The Nazir Ally Disaster Highway" sounds OK.

  • Keith - 2012-05-01 06:45

    Irene, Pollock is the name of a number of very great South African cricketers and it is fitting that a town should be named after them. It is a pity about the spelling.

  • ajcvdw - 2012-05-01 07:07

    The ANC officials are rushing these things through to try and leave some type of "legacy" when they leave office in the not-so-distant future. All of this is just trying to put the voters' focus on the "wrongdoings of the past", because they know their time is running out and they have to blame someone else for their own incompetence. Siestog. Watch this space.

  • Travis - 2012-05-01 08:30

    What a waste of time and most of all money. *facepalm

  • Jessica - 2012-05-01 09:08

    Pathetic. Africa and africans will always be poor because its chosen rulers are a bunch of morons. The street will always be hans strydom to me. Idiots.

  • Edwin - 2012-05-01 10:22

    The irony is this will in the end be to their disadvantage. While the ANC is feeding their selfish egotistical ambitions, millions are dying of poverty and lack of service delivery. How these millions wasted here could have those in need, come elections that will be a very useful point for the DA to carry over to the masses who would've benefited the most from those wasted millions as also who has the voting power. In the end the ANC only has itself to blame for its downfall

  • Olivia - 2012-05-01 10:41

    Just LEAVE THE STREET NAMES ALONE!!!Do these people have a complex problem???

      bluzulu - 2012-05-02 14:11

      Streets....municipalities.....Cities then MSANZI.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-01 11:15

    If they could atleast name one street after Robert Sobukwe.

  • johan.erlank - 2012-05-01 13:46

    So NOW I understand. The poor beggar on the corner of the street will have food in his mouth because the street name has changed. He will have a shelter against the winter cold because the street name has changed. The child huddling in the rain on the same street corner will not get sick, because the street name has changed. Makes perfect sense. In the meantime, there will be massive rejoicement because new roads and hospitals and shelters have been built. Oops, I guess this will not happen, because it is more important to change a bloody street name, isn't it?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-02 07:36

      Well put Johan. I don't know how others feel, but actually don't care if the name changes or not. Everything has deteriorated so much that the streets, buildings and cities/towns are no longer a tribute to the people after whom they were named. It's actually much more appropriate they change the names. And if people go hungry? Who cares!

      Msika - 2012-05-02 16:11

      We cant blame street name changes for everything bad that is hapening in our country. Enough budget is always allocated to for basic services. Only the poeple that are tasked with distributing those funds are to be blamed for mismanagement, corruption, fraud to name a few. If we had a competent government we would have enough funds to cater for the street begger, child huddling in the rain,street name changing and all other services.

  • drienie.mayo - 2012-05-01 13:51

    Why don't they just change it to Harare, Mogadishu or Brazzaville. It is going the same way...

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-05-01 16:48

      Are you sure?

  • Guthrie - 2012-05-01 15:56

    Why does race always come up in so many comments on News24. Whatever your religion or colour we need to work together to make this country a better place, because right now it seems to be falling apart. There are many intelligent and capable black and white South Africans in our country but clearly not in Government. They need to try and look important by implementing pointless laws, wasting tax payers money and always being against something but not taking action. We need competent people Governing this country if we wish to right the wrongs of the past.

      Pappa - 2012-05-02 13:34

      true... unfortunately those that want to assist and make it grow are white and the others just EXPECT it to grow!!!

  • Cobus Jacobus James - 2012-05-01 20:13

    Not understanding, This It is cost the SA so much money and still they want to do this every price is we pay daily is so high and every time something like that is done they charge us for it (TAX) but we have no say in this world . Because we people are nothing in the eyes of them

  • Naledi - 2012-05-02 05:18

    With such comments about black people you think we can ever vote for white people!they would treat us even worse than dogs,the hatred that some white people still have for blacks is frightening. Your racism even scares white europeans

      donovan.caalse - 2012-05-07 00:44

      Reading the above comments, it seems that there is an equal hate for white and black alike, is this not racist from what ever angle you look at it? or is it the age old ignorance when only white people can be classed as racist?

  • Keith - 2012-05-02 11:57

    Maybe they should change Schoeman drive to Inja Ave !!! hahahhah Politics are just a game .I will prefer them to change all the streets to Honourable Madiba highways and avenues and drives becos there is no other who deserves to have street names.

  • bluzulu - 2012-05-02 13:01

    Moving ahead with Tranformation, African names for African Locations........ All good for this Hood.