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CT compiles report on street renaming

The City of Cape Town said a report regarding the renaming of streets and public places was being analysed.

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CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Saturday said a report regarding the renaming of streets and public places across Cape Town was being analysed.

Over the past few months, the city received nearly 19,000 responses from members of the public about the renaming process.

The 27 remaining naming proposals include Hendrik Verwoerd Drive, Vanguard Drive, Jip de Jager Street and Lansdowne Road.

Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater Brett Herron said they have not decided on new names yet.

“When we are finished analysing all the responses that we received from the public, we will prepare a report for the naming committee and the committee will make recommendations to the mayor.”

In 2011, the city renamed the Eastern Boulevard and the Western Boulevard to Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Helen Suzman Boulevard respectively.

The issue of street renaming has become controversial.

The ANC proposed to rename Pretoria to Tshwane before the end of 2012, but AfriForum and Freedom Front Plus made it clear they were against the move.

AfriForum's Kallie Kriel believes names of cultural historical significance should not be changed.

A decision on the issue is expected in June.

In a separate incident, six men were arrested after they used stickers to rename Nelson Mandela Drive in Pretoria to Clive Derby-Lewis Drive.

They refused to explain their actions and were charged with malicious damage to property.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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