Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pretoria Street-Name Changes – A Parasitical Phenomenon

The ANC’s ruthless and relentless quest to change the names of familiar streets, towns and cities all over South Africa is, without a doubt, a deceitful attempt to alienate the minority white people from their heritage and their historical past, but should we really be bothered?

The many battles that have been fought to keep the original names of cities and towns, has ultimately been a fruitless exercise, as the ANC and their liberal cronies have always been one step ahead, and have crafty managed to advance their agenda of alienation in slow gradual stages, step-by-step… so much so that the country’s maps, online and in print form, have become a scribbled jumble of utter confusion.

Most people I know rely extensively on GPS coordinates and all sorts of navigator gadgets to get from A to Z. I often find it quite amusing to listen to younger folk (mainly reps) when I ask them about the towns they’ve travelled through, particularly in the Limpopo province. Their final revelations basically says it all (TIA).

“So what was Mookgophong like?”
“Moego what?”
“Oh, was that the old Naboom town? It is black… Pitch black!”

Pretoria, the executive (administrative) and de facto national capital of South Africa, was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Pretorius, a leader of the Voortrekkers, who named it after his father Andries Pretorius.  It became the capital of the South African Republic (ZAR) on 1 May 1860. About 130 years later, starting in the early 1990’s, the city became progressively multiethnic and more blacker by the day. Long before that time the area bordering Marabastad (aka Asiatic Bazaar), which included streets such as, Boom, Bloed, Struben and Schubart streets had already collapsed into a state of decay. Today the area resembles a typical African slum. See a previous posting: The Chaos at Schubart Park - Pretoria.

White businesses progressively moved their establishments to the outskirts of the city, but over time these areas were also invaded inch by inch by people the Afrikaner/Boers have correctly identified as “Volksvreemdes” (strangers to the area). The posh shopping centres in upmarket places like Menlyn, for example, which was, not too long ago, still recognized as an exclusive upper-class white area, are today frequented by multitudes of black shoppers, the majority of whom have imitated the same stylish manner of dress as the ‘upmarket’ whites who live permanently in the area. Black taxies have conquered the streets and have occupied every available open spot where they can park. Drug addicts and beggars of all sorts can be found on almost every street corner.

The continual relocation and reestablishment of new enterprises on the outskirts of cities has created a never-ending parasitical cycle in the central neglected core of these regions. This is exactly what has happened to the nucleus of South Africa’s capital city. The parasites have invaded the core! Now the ANC government wants to change the names of approx. 27 street names in Pretoria, a shrewd deed that will alter more than just the central core character of the city, as most of the streets run a few kilometers beyond the borders of the old CBD… But this is so typical of parasitical behaviour!

The definition of a parasite says it all!
Parasitism is a type of non mutual relationship between organisms of different species where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host. Furthermore… In many cases, it is difficult to demonstrate that the host is harmed. Source: Wikipedia

The above definition adequately explains why it is a waste of time and energy to resist the name-changes of streets. The host cannot prove, beyond all reasonable doubt, that it is being harmed!

I say – leave the parasites to overrun the cities, towns and streets they never established or developed! Give it names they feel comfortable with, because sooner or later, when there is no more host to feed on, the streets will become disaster zones anyway. If the names do not change, imagine how unpleasant it woud be to hear the media talking about “Hendrik Verwoerd Drive”, or “Hans Strijdom Drive” in their news reports pertaining to the trouble and disorder that is bound to occur sometime in the future. Spare these fine gentleman the ignominious disgrace!

The latest news on this issue not only illustrates the ANC’s treachery, but also the DA’s pathetic stance on this issue. What a joke -- that Brandon Topham, DA leader in the Tshwane metro council, can say that his party is “delighted” because the ANC is not pushing the name changes through in an insensitive manner!

I live in Pretoria, but my municipal bill still says: “City of Tshwane” (City of Apes or Black Cow). This has been the case for several years now. The announcement that Pretoria’s name will stay as it is, is thus another absurd and farcical attempt to pacify an infuriated minority group. Anyway…The name “Tshwane” used to bother me as it never made any sense, but I have now come to realize that it’s a most fitting description.

Pretoria's name to stay as it is
2012-03-23 08:30

Pretoria looks set to keep its name, but about 27 street names in the capital will change, according to a report on Friday.

This is the ANC's "offer" in behind-the-scenes negotiations currently under way in the controversial name change battle, Beeld newspaper reported.

The Tshwane metro's mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, met opposition party members to discuss the issue on Thursday. The council announced in 2008 that the names of many streets "that were offensive because of their colonial and apartheid associations" had been identified.

New names for these streets had been identified in a draft document drawn up by the council. Only two street names, Pretorius and Paul Kruger, had been retained.

Others, such as Schoeman, Van der Walt, Andries, DF Malan, Prinsloo, Genl Louis Botha, Skinner, Kerk, Walker/Charles, Queen Wilhelmina, Voortrekkers, Mears, Beatrix, Hendrik Verwoerd, Hans Strijdom, Vermeulen, Potgieter and Duncan, would change.

Opposition parties were still trying to retain the names of Church and Voortrekker streets.

Ramokgopa was expected to make an official announcement next week.

Brandon Topham, DA leader in the Tshwane metro council, said his party was delighted the ANC seemed to be trying not to push the name changes through in an insensitive manner.

"Everyone's history should be reflected in the city, and nobody is going to end up 100% happy with the process," he said.


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