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Bo-Kaap residents celebrate official renaming

Residents say they have been waiting for decades for their community to be officially recognised as the Bo-Kaap.

Ministers Ebrahim Patel and Derek Hanekom at the official renaming of the Bo-Kaap in the Western Cape. Picture:  Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN – One of the Cape’s most iconic communities has officially been renamed to the Bo-Kaap.

Although the area has been known by locals as Bo-Kaap, it had previously been divided into three sections which were called Schotschekloof, Stadzicht and Schoone Kloof.

Community leaders, locals and politicians attended Saturday’s historic event.

Residents say they have been waiting for decades for their community to be officially recognised as the Bo-Kaap.
Ebrahim Douti, who is been living in the area for more than six decades says the renaming will go a long way in solidifying the Bo-Kaap’s importance to the country’s history.

“It can do a lot for us and our children.”

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says the renaming brings back ownership to the residents who live in the area

“This land [doesn’t] only represent the hundreds of year’s colonialism. It also represents the story of freedom; here in the Bo-Kaap you will find the story of slaves who fought for their freedom. It’s an honour to be here and be a part of a community reclaiming its heritage.”

Patel says government will work towards unlocking the economic opportunities in the Bo-Kaap.