New Cape Town street names proposed

2012-07-18 22:13

Johannesburg - A proposal for several Cape Town street name changes has been finalised and sent to mayor Patricia de Lille, the City said on Wednesday.

"In an extensive public participation process earlier this year, the public was asked to comment on the proposed renaming of 24 streets, two civic centres and a footbridge," the City of Cape Town said in a statement.

"This is part of the City's commitment to building an inclusive city based on a policy of redress, that recognises and celebrates the true diversity of our collective heritage."

Some of the name changes included: Coen Steytler Avenue to Walter Sisulu Avenue, Modderdam Road to Robert Sobukwe Road, NY1 to Steve Biko Road and Vanguard Drive to Dullah Omar Drive.

It had also been proposed that Wittebome Centre be changed to Wynberg Civic Centre and Athlone Civic Centre to Dulcie September Centre.

The unnamed footbridge between Bonteheuwel and Langa would be named the Bonte-Langa Footbridge.

The City said once De Lille had "applied her mind" the proposed changes would be submitted to the city council for approval.

Ad hoc Naming Committee chairman Brett Herron said: "We have given this input from the public very serious consideration and have listened to the input received.

"As a result, in many instances, we have agreed to leave certain names unchanged."

He said the committee received about 19 000 comments from the public on the proposed name changes.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-18 22:26

    Ah yes, the ever "applying of minds". Srsly, does that catch-phrase still appeal to people? In 2012 people probably do not give a fig what a thing is called, as long as they can call it an habitable home, with their names on the title deed, an indoor toilet and a light to call their own.

      andre.marx - 2012-07-19 07:15

      The road leading to Pollsmoor Prison should be renamed Allen Boesak Street. The Road leading to Malmesbery Prison should be named Toni Yengeni Lane. The road leading to Goodwood Prison should be named Robert Mcbride road. Then we still have the following names left...Jackie Sellebi,Shabier Shaik, Beki Cele. Any idees?

      Papa-storm - 2012-07-19 07:48

      why not build new roads and apply those name there and leave the roads that is there as is.

      jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-07-19 08:04

      Papastorm....where do you want to build new roads? More road mean more money to maintain the roads...This was a good public participation proses. Have you submitted your proposal or are you just moaning on news24?

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-19 10:17

      hahahahaha Andre

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-19 11:01

      andre: Are there not some public toilets that could be named appropriatly?

      Papa-storm - 2012-07-19 12:05

      Jaun i didn't say immediately i meant as time goes on and the city grows you build new roads give them the proposed names why do want to waste money on changing street names now why not spend the money on eduction (example on those 27 schools closing down by helping them perform)

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-18 22:30

    Can we please have proposed costing of these changes? 18yrs later is this really the right timing, is there no better use for these funds? Our education is in the dumps, healthcare, housing, unemployment?? Why are our politicians so hard headed? Let's solve pressing issues first!!

      Amanda - 2012-07-19 06:09

      Here's an idea. How about the ANC build their own roads and name them? The ANC and their lap dogs the DA want to cherry pick the history they want remembered. Pretty soon history books will show there were never any white people in the country and South Africa magically sprung up under the ANC. Let's change the country's name to Mandelatopia and get on with it.

  • adil.smit.5 - 2012-07-18 23:15

    why no name-chamnges that reflect the Khoisan heritage???

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-19 00:02

      So true, why does these name-changes only reflect ANC leaders with public places named after them country wide? The DA are becoming like the ANC now. Join them if you can't beat them.

      grant.cloete.9 - 2012-07-19 00:05

      Cuz no-one can pronounce ///:kee!!@//:!!!!!!!!!!!

      valcooperRSA - 2012-07-19 03:26

      At last someone who realizes the Koisan people are the only indigenous people in South Africa all the others migrated from North Africa and those parts....they weren't born here so what roots and what rights do they have to want to plak CancER names all over the place....

      Squeegee - 2012-07-19 06:43

      That's because Garmin could not possibly handle it...

      Mondli - 2012-07-19 07:42

      No william.letsong, they are not becoming like ANC. The DA has sent stern reminder to its followers that it is a "Political Party", not a human movement just a Political Party. Politics will always be at the core of it all. PS: Feeling a little betrayed? Don't be, just remember, "Politics"

      stevie0064 - 2012-07-19 08:33

      Do you think the Khoisan would happy with such cosmetic changes?

      litha.luzipo - 2012-07-19 12:19

      You can not associate Steve Biko and Robert Sobukwe with the ANC. Those were honest people who fought for the fredom and were persecuted for that. Please google about them and you will see what they stood for. These are unsung heroes of our life time.

      sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-19 18:44

      The people how are not from here are from Europe not the Africans. As someone said unsung heroes. Stop the divide and wanting to rule again .To the mayor thank you for showing us unity in this divided Mother City.

  • patterson.graeme - 2012-07-18 23:18

    Anything to try and win the Cape township votes or what? Why do we have to give these streets terrorist names and not names of the original inhabitants of the Cape? Why? Because all politicians are the same!!!! They only in it for themselves and the money they reap from it! POINT!

      Francois - 2012-07-18 23:57

      DA is getting like the anc

      adil.smit.5 - 2012-07-19 00:05

      Agree with you - if there has to be changes,let it also reflect the Khoisan and Muslim communities in Cape Town.

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-07-19 06:04

      A few sacrifices for competency to rule the country...

      burtfred.brown - 2012-07-19 07:21

      Adil - Dullah Omar sounds very Muslim to me???

      Mondli - 2012-07-19 07:43

      No francois.vorster, they are not becoming like the ANC. The DA has sent a stern reminder to its followers that it is a "Political Party", not a human movement just a Political Party. Politics will always be at the core of it all. PS: Feeling a little betrayed? Don't be, just remember, "Politics"

  • zukisa.a.mxesibe - 2012-07-18 23:23

    What about Lansdown road Abdulah Haroin road.

  • kim.wild.376 - 2012-07-18 23:34

    I still call Artscape the Nico Malan out of pure habit. Names can be changed but only the next generation will use the new names as it will be all they know. I could be wrong...but it might not catch on with everyone.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-18 23:47

      It's just a smokescreen, an illusion. Naming of things does not automagically translate into the resolution of things. It's a total cop-out

      Squeegee - 2012-07-19 06:45

      And some really juicy tenders will flow from it... Never forget to follow the money.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-18 23:59

    Yeah do what you like and f**k the rest of us.You say "policy of redress,that recognises and celebrates the true diversity of our collective heritage", and yet at every opportunity and convenience you try and wipe out our Afrikaner Heritage. How many more bloody Walter Sisulu street names,building etc does he need to be named after him for goodness sakes?

      Irene - 2012-07-19 01:17

      @Sean x 2 ~ Spot on!

  • sid.coleman.96 - 2012-07-19 00:27

    Makes me wonder what’s in a name, you only have to drive around Pretoria to see how new street names have marked with old ones and the old (with a new board) have been marked out in red tape.. One only has to think whose palm is being greased. I am sorry I sick of all you politician rather give the street beggars a job, the homeless a job and the youth an education, otherwise we have no future and last but not least let us not forget the past, it looks like we have a much more unstable future…

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-19 00:33

    Why don't you recognise the true inhabitants of the city Mrs Zille and DeLille? Why naming streets and public buildings after people who's names was proposed by those who are not even originally from Cape Town? Do you honestly think that by naming streets after ANC leaders to please 19000 out of more than 3million in the metro are going to make Cape Town an inclusive city? I don't think so, however it might cost you votes due to the exclusions of the ones you are suppose to recognised.

      valcooperRSA - 2012-07-19 03:31

      I was until i read this article a DA supporter....sorry I am having a rethink about that now and I will write to the DA and tell them.....DA don't stoop to the level of the trolls....

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-19 09:51

      Do you smell the s

      sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-19 19:03

      What happen to the NP after they lost power ,we all know which party they went to join and which net site they are on. All the NP hands down.

  • gideon.keyser - 2012-07-19 01:31

    more money thats going to be wasted. just leave the names and help poor people or something

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-07-19 03:19

    More money to DA territory ..... for heavens sake....go spend the money where it is housing for the poor that need it..Bloody hell in the 1990's our salaries had deductions for RDP houses...I would love to see the house I paid for I would love to meet the family that lives in the house I contributed to.....Screw the street names I never know where I am anymore due to confusion of street and city names been changed ..... all tax payers money....where does it end when will it end......

      wendy.webb.980 - 2012-07-19 08:34

      You're unlikely to see the RDP houses you paid for. They were so badly built, they're probably no longer in existence - unlike what the apartheid government built!

  • anton.wilcox.9 - 2012-07-19 03:42

    This country just know how to spent money changing street names, leave the names has it is and help with unemploymend. Thats not all to change street names cost money lots of it what a waste the people in power is really a bunch of idiots, they really dont now what they doing. They must ask for my advice i will teach them how to bring the crime down in a very easy way by not hurting people.

  • anton.wilcox.9 - 2012-07-19 03:43

    What next really this people just know how to waste money, give them a year or two then its drugs are legal stupid people in power

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-07-19 05:46


      Stirrer - 2012-07-19 09:45

      Jou Ma-se Avenue

  • victor.windsor - 2012-07-19 06:09

    Stop wasting money !!!!!!!

  • faani.engelbrecht - 2012-07-19 06:54

    I don't really care what a street is called. But if it's gonna cost money to change it... not a good idea. I have a suggestion, Mrs Mayor, what if you build new houses and then you can name ALL the streets! You can even name one "De Lille street". Don't change names - make your own streets and name them!

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-07-19 07:06

    The way streets are maintained these days anyway, I wouldn't want it for free.

  • adrian.hill.750 - 2012-07-19 07:09

    Yes, lets give the places their appropriate CANCerous names, Mitchell's Plain with henceforth be called StabUdead, Voortrekker road as Taxi Grand Prix drive, Camps Bay as Aw We're So Jealous Bay

  • Derek Less - 2012-07-19 07:10

    At last recognition for Dulcie September

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-07-19 07:14

    Yet another pathetically absurd exercise.

  • rory.hewitt2 - 2012-07-19 07:19

    I really would like to know who these members of the public are that have been consulted, just take a look at the poll this morning and it becomes quite clear that we are NOT interested in name changes?! When are they going to change the name of Soweto "South Western Township"?

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-19 07:27

    Why this obsession with the names of political activists, for heaven's sake?

  • koo.doyle - 2012-07-19 07:29

    What a total waste of money. Do they a homeless man, digging in a dustbin for food, gives a f**k what a street is called? Sort out the major problems before focusing on the minutia.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-07-19 07:35

    I just heard hanover park will be renamed too. The proposed names are: skietmaar estate;vrekhier park or dwelmsway. The public is once again urged to comment.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-07-19 07:35

    I just heard hanover park will be renamed too. The proposed names are: skietmaar estate;vrekhier park or dwelmsway. The public is once again urged to comment.

      gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-07-19 07:58

      Not a nice comment based on what is currently happening to the inhabitants of that area.

  • donald.capper - 2012-07-19 08:02

    While the nation starves gov wastes money on this, why? Priority for this should be in file 13 somewhere as China boulsters loan to SA, what the hell?

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-07-19 08:16

    The government don't have money for its people. I wonder where the money for the name changes comes from....?

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  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-19 08:40

    I really dont know why we worry so much about changing street names more than our education. Whats the point of changing names when our education is so bad. We waste millions of rands on these pathetic name changes and yet our education sits in diseray. Why not get the eduction up and running properly so the children can learn to read and write. It really disgusts me at how our politicians are more worried about street names than the childrens education. I would've really thought the DA wouldve stood up and said lets sort out education in SA first. All you politicians are a disgrace to our future youth.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-19 08:42

    You guys are still complaining about street name changes, wait till names start changing on title deeds, share register, mines, farms etc you aint seen nothing yet. Its coming, that much I know!!!!! Street name changing is just a preview of what's coming, things will change until the economy reflects our demographics if whites are 80% of the population then they will own 80% of the resources but if they represent 10% then 10% it is.

      Adil Smit - 2012-07-19 08:53

      Just like in Zim ?

      willieburgersa - 2012-07-19 09:52

      That is wonderful news. Then you will have to pay 80% of taxes as well. You want it you have to pay for it!!

      geraldsebanda - 2012-07-19 11:28

      You again Lerato! I propose a name change for you: ThoughtIWouldGetAHouseButGotEfAll.dumb.1

      chris.cunning.14 - 2012-07-19 11:41

      But dear Lerato, the stats published are wrong as per the auditing companies. But for your sake they keep calming the 1 report (which isn't audited) as correct. Zumas son is the richest billionaire in South Africa. Over a billion rand? I guess you to dumb to get on the "give away money for free" gravy train. Sucks being you don't it.

      betsy.dorris - 2012-07-19 13:49

      Oh yawn yawn yawn. Do you think that we really care? You can have your streetnames if it makes you feel so good. My BMW still feels the same by any other name. Same goes for my fillet steak, my fine red wine. Do you think we are going to stay when you get everything your way? No, we will make successful new lives in any country we go to because we have WORK ETHIC. Meanwhile you will be stuck with your silly little street names. Bwahahaha. Fair trade. Viva.

  • olivia.karnak - 2012-07-19 09:16

    LEAVE the bloody street names as is!! What's the problem, damit!!

  • willieburgersa - 2012-07-19 09:46

    While we are busy with renaming - rename Pilgrims Rest to Strugglers Paradise!! In honour of the 17 shop owners have been evacuated to make place for some cadres.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-07-19 09:49

    Stop wasting money, Just think of the thousands of rand that must be spent by companies to change their addresses , Is the Municipality going to pay for them

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-19 10:07

    Well at least my old friend Dulcie September is remembered, She would have said 'why all the fuss?' Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-19 10:46

    For pete's sake, how many Walter Sisulu; Steve Biko and Robert Sobukwe streets/avenues/roads/squares/lanes/hospitals/centres lookalike and soundalikes MUST there be. Each for every province? They only lived in one province at a time, unless their body parts were scattered all over the show. Even real Cape Townians cannot be cannot be this stupid! Invaders will suggest all sorts of things. If you are going to change names, at least have the decency to change it to something or someone that REALLY was in CAPE TOWN, instead of trying to buy face with certain peolple. Where the hell is your pride Cape Town?

  • Matthew - 2012-07-19 10:53

    STOP WASTING TAx payers money!!! Build new roads,and name those for Gods sake. wow,cant belive this nonsense is still going on.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-07-19 11:03

    I don't understand why so quick to change names when so many people are still living in poverty, is this all they are good for? we don't care what the street name is, there are more important issues in this country than this, anc must get their priorities right.

  • geraldsebanda - 2012-07-19 11:33

    you missed out Mandella. How about Mandella Mountain

  • lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-07-19 12:06

    blame all the ANC innovations and later impliment all,wow voters always victims here.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-07-19 12:17

    Waste of money... don't you chops have something better to do?! Jeez man.

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-07-19 12:19

    There are more important issues than renaming Streets. Street renaming is now gonna cost the taxpayer Millions of Rands which is totally unneccessary !!!

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-19 12:31

    Not long ago these DA clowns were complaining that the renaming of streets is just a waste of time... Now its them, sbloody stunts masters, They should make sure that, the street leading to Parliament should be renamed JULIUS MALEMA AVENUE(economic freedom fighter)

  • ana.curcic - 2012-07-19 13:01

    De Lille, please "apply Y mind" to worthy things and not this waste of taxapyers money.

  • ashne.segal - 2012-07-19 13:11

    What a waste of time and money - concentrate on the uneducated, the poor, the homeless and the starving!

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-19 14:36

    Gee, aren't you lucky, Cape Town? You were at the least consulted!!! Not like us in Durban. We just had names, acceptable or not, foisted onto us and a lot more than just a few. Not that anyone can pronounce some of them, and definitely not remember most of them. All so that Sutcliffe could make his ANC bosses happy. A*** creeper.....

  • trevor.dean.10 - 2012-07-19 18:57

    Just get rid of the really offensive ones e.g. Hendrik Verwoerd. No need to change neutral street names.

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