Skip to comments.In South Africa, What’s in a Name?
Posted on 05/07/2012 7:54:21 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
Since the coming of non-racial democracy in South Africa, ANC-led governing bodies especially at the local level have renamed numerous streets and other public facilities that formerly honored Afrikaner nationalists. Hence the countrys principal international airport at Johannesburg has been renamed to honor Oliver Tambo, a father of the ANC; it formerly was called Jan Smuts, after the twentieth century Afrikaner politician.
Now, prodded by the mayor, sentiment seems to be growing to rename Pretoria. Among those who want the change, a consensus favors Tswane, with suburbs (likely mostly white) retaining the name Pretoria. But, as Pretoria is the national capital, renaming is not only a local matter. The national Minister of Arts and Culture recently announced that there would be broad-based consultations on the name change, a process that he hoped would be concluded in June.
Pretoria was founded and named by Boers who made the nineteenth century Great Trek and served as the capital of the Boer republic of Transvaal. It was the Boer capital during the Boer War (called by the British the South African War). So retention of the name is important to many Afrikaners and other whites. It is no surprise that the Freedom Front Plus, a right wing white party that nevertheless has a seat in the ANC-dominated national cabinet, is opposed to renaming Pretoria.
Consultation and search for consensus has been part of the ANCs culture. Though renaming Pretoria has the potential for rubbing raw both blacks (who dislike the association of Pretoria with the apartheid regime) and whites (especially Afrikaners who associate Pretoria with their national epic), at the end of the day a compromise is likely that will incorporate both names.
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Demonstrators protest against the proposed renaming of the South African capital Pretoria in this May 21, 2005.
What little I've heard about the country in recent times suggests the country,despite its enormous wealth,is heading in the wrong direction.
Just rename the place “Zimbama” and be done with it.
It’s now just another turd swirling down the African toilet.
"Ya think, DiNozzo?"
If I knew who,or what,"DiNozzo" is I might understand you point.
If I knew who,or what,"DiNozzo" is I might understand your point.
“We are marching to Tswane, Tswane, Tswane” just doesn’t fit the rhythm of the song.
Here’s a thought: once everything is “handed back” to the Black population, rename the country “Poverty Central,” with the government assembly called “Hands Out to the West.”
Meanwhile, the next government program can be referred to as “Failing Economy.” In general, the domestic policy will be known as “Dumbing Down the Nation,” and all foreign policy gambits will be “Scam Gormless White Idiots for the Big Bucks.”
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