South Africa: 28 name changes approved

source: IOL
February 02 2010 at 02:24PM

Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana has approved proposed changes to 28 geographical names, her department said in a statement on Tuesday.

Changes of geographical names like Mafikeng to Mahikeng, in the North West, and Piet Retief to eMkhondo, in Mpumalanga, were in line with the South African Geographical Names Council Act, the department said.

“The standardisation of geographical names in South Africa is part of the healing and reconciliation process… part of the process of redressing the marginalisation of indigenous language, culture, and heritage.

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended the re-naming of geographical features as a form of symbolic reparations to address South Africa’s unjust past,” it said.

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  1. Ana

    I have mixed emotions about this subject. I don’t agree with all the name changes that are being made.






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