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Mayor Bhanga to establish committee to appeal PE, Uitenhage name changes

Last week, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa signed off on a decision to rename Port Elizabeth to Gqeberha and Uitenhage to Kariega, among other name changes.

 Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayor Nqaba Bhanga at a briefing on 4 March 2021. Picture: @NMandelaBaymuni/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Wednesday announced that it planned to establish a multi-sectoral committee to appeal against the renaming of Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage.

Last week, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa signed off on a decision to rename Port Elizabeth to Gqeberha and Uitenhage to Kariega, among other name changes.

During Wednesday's press briefing, the municipality's Mayor Nqaba Bhanga said that he had heeded the public outcry regarding the name changes and would submit a formal complaint to Mthethwa.

Eastern Cape residents who have objections to recently gazetted name changes for various towns and public places in the province still have an opportunity to flag their queries.

The Eastern Cape Arts and Culture Department's spokesperson Andile Nduna said people would write to the national minister.

“People or communities that want to object to the names can write to the minister and have 30 days since the names have been gazzetted to air their unhappiness or wherever they feel aggrieved by the process.”

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