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CT to rename Hendrik Verwoerd Drive

The City of Cape Town will rename several streets in honour of Human Right’s Day.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Thursday announced plans to officially rename several streets in and around the metropole as part of Human Right's Day celebrations.

Hendrik Verwoerd Drive is set to be renamed after the author and journalist Uys Krige, while in Gugulethu the main road NY1 will be changed to Steve Biko Drive.

Other name changes will happen in Bellville and Lansdowne Road.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said, "As part of the city's redress and reconciliation we've decided to honour our common history and those that fought for our freedom."

In 2011, the city renamed the Western Boulevard to Helen Suzman Boulevard while the Eastern Boulevard changed to Nelson Mandela Boulevard.

The renaming process started in 2001.

In Pretoria, the executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa announced plans to rename 27 streets in 2012.

The municipality started with the process of renaming 27 streets in 2007.