Khoisan 'renames' Cape Town

The billboard showcasing the Khoisan community's new name for Cape Town has been unveiled.

A Khoisan group erected a sign "reinstating Cape Town's original name" on 28 June 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The billboard showcasing the Khoisan community's new name for Cape Town was unveiled on Thursday at the Castle.

The meaning of the new name created by the Institute for the Restoration of the Aborigines is "Where The Clouds Come Together."

The institute's Tanya Kleinhans said they want recognition for their Khoisan rights.

"The Khoisan have now taken it upon themselves to restore the name of Cape Town which to //Hui !Gaeb."

At the same time, the community also called for two of its most important cultural days to be recognised by government.

The traditional group is one of several religious and cultural organisations participating in public hearings on the Public Holidays Act.

The hearings were instituted after complaint that the current system favours holidays of the Christian faith while ignoring others.

Khoisan leader Hennie van Wyk said the month of September is important to his people.

He also wants 1 January to be recognised.

"We want to change New Year's Day to Kingdom Day."