Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Pretoria street name-changing fiasco has begun!

General Louis Botha Drive in Pretoria East changed to January Masilela Drive.
Picture Credit: Solidariteit Beweging Facebook

While AfriForum has instructed their lawyers to begin a legal battle to stop the street name changes in Pretoria, the Tshwane Metro Council has already proceeded with the changing of certain signboards. The Council’s actions amount to a blatant and contemptuous disregard for the processes of court, as rightly pointed out by AfriForum’s lawyers.

The lawyer’s letter delivered by hand to the Tshwane Metro Council, on 2 April 2012, can be read here. (PDF – 98.9 KB)

Although it appears that there was a lack of public participation regarding this issue, a dissatisfaction the DA has also expressed, I was quite surprised to learn that very few residents, young and old and from various cultural backgrounds, living in my immediate vicinity in Pretoria East, are not aware of these name changes. Some of the people I spoke to - who are aware of the changes, had no idea what the new proposed names are. So what does this tell us?

When the original council document concerning name changes was approved in September 2007, it required that at least 51% of registered voters in a street give written consent for a new street name. The document also required that the proposed new names of the streets be put to residents via local newspapers. However, the Tshwane metro changed this requirement in January 2008.

But, as this blog has already proclaimed in a previous article on this issue, where a conclusion was reached based on the definition of a parasite, that it’s a waste of time and energy to resist the name-changes of streets. Nobody, besides Afriforum, seems to care a damn about the name-changing fiasco anyway. The ANC will carry on relentlessly to advance their agenda of alienating minorities in slow gradual stages, step-by-step, until the entire country reflects a dominant Black African flavour like the rest of Africa. When you’re in the minority there’s really very little one can do to stop this bullying! In my opinion the money wasted on legal battles could rather be spent on far more worthy causes.

Despite my seemingly nonchalant viewpoint on this issue, I do feel that way too much prominence has been given to the names of people, when there are so many names that could have been chosen from the natural world such as, animals, flowers or trees (eg. Jacaranda Street) but noooo in this country everything revolves around “WE” - the ANC and their idols, no matter what the cost!”

I shudder to think what confusion this is going to cause when future traffic reports start referring to Solomon Mahlangu, Florence Ribeiro, Jan Shoba and January Masilela, -- names that have been identified to replace well-known streets such as, Hans Strijdom Drive, Queen Wilhelmina Drive, Duncan Street and General Louis Botha Avenue. However, in the end I suppose South African’s will adapt, like they always do. The sales of GPS devices will probably shoot through the roof, no doubt!

Indications are that Paul Kruger and Pretorius streets will retain their names. However, according to Ramokgopa, the whole section of Paul Kruger Street between the Pretoria railway station, passing through Church Square to the Pretoria Zoo, would be upgraded to demonstrate how the council intends to adapt, shape and improve the inner city to be more accommodating for non-motorised commuting. - (Source)

Street name changes – Alphabetical list:

Andries Street Thabo Sehume
Beatrix Street Steve Biko
Charles Street Justice Mohammed
Church Street - From Nelson Mandela Church Square Helen Joseph
Church Street - From Nelson Mandela to R511 WF Nkomo
Church Street - From Nelson Mandela to the East Stanza Bopape
Church Street - From R511 to West Elias  Motswaledi
DF Malan Drive E’skia Mphahlele
Duncan Street Jan Shoba
Esselen Street Robert Sobukwe
Genl Louis Botha Drive January Masilela
Hans Strijdom Drive Solomon Mahlangu
Hendrik Verwoerd Drive Johan Heyns
Jacob Mare Street Jeff Masemola
Leah Mangope Street Peter Mogano
Lucas Mangope Street Molefe Makinta
Mears Street Steve Biko
Michael Brink Street Nico Smith
Mitchell Street Charlotte Maxeke
Potgieter Street Kgosi Mampuru
Prinsloo Street Sisulu
Proes Street Johannes Ramokhoase
Queen Wilhelmina Drive Florence Ribeiro
Schoeman Street Frances Baard
Schubart Street Sophie de Bruyn
Skinner Street Nana Sita
Van der Walt Street Lilian Ngoyi
Vermeulen Street Madiba
Voortrekker Street Steve Biko
Walker Street Justice Mohammed
Zambezi Drive Sefako Makgatho

Information sourced from - (docx 15.8kb)


Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Goodness, gracious me!! Absolutely unbelievable! Who the heck are all these people anyway? Ive heard of Mandela and Biko and that is about it. Anyone (white or black) that knows Pretoria will know that these name changes affect every single main road and street that criss-crosses Pretoria, north, south, east and west! Pretoria has become a mess as it is- can you just imagine the calamity after these changes. It will take a generation or two to adapt to this craziness!

Adrem said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Wrong -

we shall never adapt to this craziness.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Its all just bling so many shiny things a crow gathers, useless to all but itself. This is yet another step towards eradication of the white man's PIVOTAL role in modernising Africa. Unfortunately this will only end when the goose that lays the golden eggs is plucked clean, cooked and devoured. Nothing can or will ever change the fundamental "I demand, I take" action of the black man in Africa.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog


The Europeans living in New Zealand don’t seem to have a problem adapting to Māori place names such as, Moeraki, Otematata, Papatoetoe, Whakatane, and so forth. Incidentally, “Wh” is pronounced with a “f”.

While we’re on the subject – how about this one:

"Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu", which translates roughly as "The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one". At 85 letters, it has been listed in the Guinness World Records as one of the longest place names in the world.

The bottom line is this…
I agree it is craziness (that's why I've called it a "fiasco"), but I’m not moving to England just because a prefer English names ;-)

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I don't knnow about Pretoria, but the streets in Bloemfontein are so full of potholes and the streets are filthy so a name change (maybe to Kak street) would be welcome!!

Adrem said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Just for what it's worth it; I think you overreacted a little here:
* The basics in New Zealand are different to those here.
* This is well known. A little crazy, if you ask me.
* Nobody would move anywhere just for the reason you
As I said, just for what it is worth... ;-) and have a nice Sunday!

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

it is unbelievable that they left it so long -

Ronell Smit said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Although it is common knowledge that taxpayers of the old so called "apartheid regime" paid for the streets, buildings etc in South Africa, and the ANC received it on a gold platter, it goes beyond all sanity why the ANC just keeps on changing and destroying everything in their path that could be connected to white history. All the ANC wants to see is their only history remains in South Africa no matter the cost or who has to pay for it. What is the offensive so called apartheid connection to Churchstr or Zambeziroad. All of this is only for one person who wants to claim "look at me, I was the man responsible for destroying the South African history of white people, I deserve a medal".

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Ronell Smit – My point exactly!

Why must the ANC’s idiocy forever be covered-up? It’s time the world sees what an idiotic bunch of lunatics are running (and ruining) this country. In a few years from now these streets are going to resemble the similar overcrowded chaos we see in several African cities up north. It will eventually become nonsensical to deliver traffic reports.

Paul Kruger Street (the one street they’re not changing) is soon going to be downgraded to be more ‘accommodating’ for non-motorised commuting. Then they still have the audacity to call this an “improvement” and an “upgrade”.

Can you see why I stated in my previous post concerning this issue: “Spare these fine gentleman the ignominious disgrace!” I was of course referring to fine gentleman such as, Hendrik Verwoerd, Hans Strijdom, Genl Louis Botha, and others.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

What the stupid govt is doing with our contries money is total nonsense! Its the e-tolling system, and now this!?... If Zuma wants another wife (number 5), he must try and do it properly man. Not with our taxes! Geez! Imagine how much money has been wasted on this street changing rubbish! And i think its a case of racism aswell...why reali convert from Afrikaans names to mostly African names! How many "steve biko's" are there in gauteng alone? Ag its pathetic really... There are plenty of suffering ppl in pretoria, how abt u take the money where its needed??

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Clearly u all dnt knw wat u tlking abt,n as 4 old whit ppl n tax payers paid 4 these streets who built dis street blck ppl did n as a blck persn staying in pretoria I can say da change was long over due as we dnt evn hve 1 street with a blck name tho we r da capital city of S.A!

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Ag, Really?? what is wrong with eg. Lynnwood? Skinner? it is not even people names... now Garmin & Tourist & EVERYBODY must now learn the 473 nice & simple street names's new LONG&SOPHISTICATED (ZEF) names.... Ridiculous. we will see in 2020 who actually uses these names. ha ha ha. nice one, ANC.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

why do you need black street names? why now? leave it. make the new streets black names. why change the current names? it would only cause confusion.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

What about the fact that the government is spending millions on changing street names in PTA and taking money away from soup kitchens in Cape Town, that's very clever ANC leaders, take the food away from your poor voting majority and see the WHITE man changing all the names back after you loose their votes, good on ya !!!!

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

See also a new posting on this blog related to the same issue -- A Visit to Church Square, Pretoria - (Videos and Pics)

Witboetjie Verwoerd said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

You can find out who the streets are now named after on the blog below. Most of the old names were people who were directly involved with the founding and construction of Pretoria.
The new names were pretty much people who were instrumental in the deconstruction of Pretoria.
Struggle heroes... Yawn

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

"ANC and their idols" well previously streets were named after white idols.I personally feel it's long overdue,those white idols were the ones subjected over 90% of the population into slavery.Whites came,exploited the blacks and called " South Africa " the country's name should've been changed long ago.

Ravensqarr said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Anonymous, June 10, 2012 7:42 PM
Your emotions have run away from your reasoning.
- '"ANC and their idols" well previously streets were named after white idols.'(sic) - Granted and good point. But the author of this blog has mentioned that animal, plant, landmark names may also be used. Thus you may also use indigenous language for this purpose. Which gives you a name like Zambezi, Amanzimtoti, Hotazel (since afrikaans, unfortunately for many, is indigenous too) which have been part of RSA language for a long time.

-"I personally feel it's long overdue,those white idols were the ones subjected over 90% of the population into slavery."(sic) - Personally i feel a lot of things, but logic is right way. If you refer to the 90% of ALL of the people, you might be right. Governments are thieves. Other than that, if you were referring to the 90% in racial terms you are wrong. Only rather recently have the negroid populace of south africa procreated into those figures.

-"Whites came,exploited the blacks and called " South Africa " the country's name should've been changed long ago." -Whites came, running away from the mad queens and kings who wanted to kill us. We knew how to farm so, we traded with the "blacks" with chickens, cows, metal, fruit and land. We named it de zuid-afrikaansche republic. And it was not even a quarter the size of current south africa. And since it has already been changed a lot; it could just as well be changed to something nice rather than some boring old dude out of the annals of history books.

The BIG problem is that with the same money spent on changing ONE street name, a HUNDRED new houses with toilets and kitchens and electricity could have been built.

Tumi J. Mbaiwa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Oh yah, they did change them names aight, but why the hell did they rename Church, Zambezi, Duncan?. And they say they do it for "us" to learn History or whatever it is they teach at schools nowadays! That's complete wash. In Botswana there's names like Queens, Church, Mabuto, Botha, yup, Botha and they aint changed it (DON'T even get me started, I know somebody's gon ask why i mention Botswana and what makes me think I can talk South African). For starters JZ was in exile in Botswana. Ask Juju, he will tell you.
But anyways, I still believe, if you wanna change history and if you wanna teach kids history leave them names. So that if a kid asks "WTF is D.F.Malan?". A simple answer will be he was one of the evil men who started Apartheid. And the conversation will flow nicely rom when it started up to when it ended, blah blah blah. But ask any one of you okes "WTF is January Masilela?" . . . . I'm fucked as it is.
Well, my father was also instrumental in fighting the regime so expect my name on the posts one day.
I'm out.
Tumi J.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

We should never fear change. Consider it a challenge to learn the names, go read up and discover who these people were. Or you can sit here and complain all you want, but trust me, it won't do anything. Everyone complained about Jan Smuts airport being changed to OR Tambo, but we're still alive, your not going to die because of name changes. Dedicate your energy to something more meaningful

Buyisiwe said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

A support group of untransformed rightwingers... so cute.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Tumi J. Mbaiwa D.F Malan was not one of the evil men who started aprtheid ,that title belongs to the british .

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@BuyisiweBuyisiwe,I see the yanks have pulled the wool over your leaders eyes and are looting your mines of gold nicely,all this while they have you believing you are free with a cute window dressing job.
The anc and their supporters amaze me. so clever of anglo american,wouldnt you say?.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Its so funny wen people resist change, a Street name which reflects an oppression history shud'nt be hesitated to be removed...People shud Love changes which reflects a democratic Society...the barbarian minded of '' i found it lyk dis and i shud die wen its like this'' is for poor unfree people..Lets Celebrate our Rainbow Nation

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

The revenge of the less capable slice of the population which outbreeds the more capable. This is how Civilisation self- destructs.

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