CT street renaming cost unknown

The City of Cape Town says the cost of street renaming has yet to be determined.

The unveiling of the Helen Suzman Boulevard. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The cost of renaming several Cape Town streets has yet to be determined, the chairman of the city's ad-hoc committee on street names said on Thursday.

Mayor Patricia de Lille was handed a list of the proposed changes yesterday.

In the coming months, Vanguard Drive could become Dullah Omar and Coen Steytler Avenue could be renamed after Walter Sisulu.

Chairperson Brett Heron said the process of street renaming started in 2006 and was finally drawing to a close.

"Over the last few months, we've been analysing almost 19,000 responses that we received [from public hearings]."

One of the street names that will definitely change is Hendrik Verwoerd Road.

Known as the architect of apartheid, Verwoerd was South Africa's prime minister from 1958 until his assassination in 1966.

His grandson, also Hendrik Verwoerd, said he was surprised the street renaming took so long.

"That period is long past in South Africa's history."

Once de Lille has applied her mind, the proposed changes will be submitted to the council for approval.

Meanwhile, Pretoria is also in the process of renaming 27 streets.

But Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum has challenged the move saying not enough public participation took place.

Government maintains the street renaming process is part of its policy of social redress.