The new Provincial Geographical Names Committee (PGNC) has been launched by KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela.
The committee, led by newly elected provincial chairperson Thanduxolo Sabelo (an executive committee member of eThekwini Municipality) will assist municipalities in changing the geographical names under their jurisdiction.
The committee will be conducting awareness campaigns in the districts to educate people on the processes that are followed when changing the names of places.
“During the apartheid era people were deprived [of] their right to freedom and their culture, that is why most places were changed from their original names and re-named after colonisers. This is why the South African Geographical Names Council Act, 118 of 1998 came into existence,” said Mavimbela.
“There is still a lot of work to be done in KwaZulu-Natal as there are still a lot of names that still need to be changed.
“The minute we do these changes it will instil pride in the people of KZN. We all have a major role to play to also teach our children about their culture and heritage