The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture says the standardisation and transformation of geographical names will stay a key focus going ahead as the speed of transformation isn’t quick sufficient.
In its annual efficiency plan for 2022/2023, the division famous that geographical title adjustments are supplied for underneath the South African Geographical Names Act of 1998 and overseen by the South African Geographical Names Council.
“The publishing of presidency gazettes is the final course of within the course of that begins at native authorities ranges the place communities suggest the renaming of our villages, cities and cities to ensure that them to replicate the heritage and languages of the vast majority of the folks of South Africa.
“The pace with which the transformation of the naming landscape is progressing is very slow given the number of names of towns and cities that still reflect South Africa’s colonial and apartheid heritage.”
The division mentioned that it’s going to now enhance consciousness campaigns which is able to help South Africans and encourage native communities to be actively concerned within the course of of reworking the naming panorama.
“The public awareness campaigns will assist to minimise legal challenges against the minister’s decisions to change colonial and apartheid names to indigenous names. These campaigns also educate provincial and local authorities on the consultation and other required processes for name changes.”
The division added that title adjustments are a key transformation characteristic and are mandatory for addressing previous injustices.
“The creation of colonial and apartheid guidelines introduced in regards to the erosion and corrosion not solely of our worth system but additionally of unique indigenous names of geographical options. This scenario meant that indigenous data programs of their multifaceted nature have been subjugated and marginalised.
“The transformation agenda of the post-1994 government is designed to restore indigenous nomenclature, languages and heritage. To this effect, our Department continues to transform the heritage and naming landscape through changing and standardising names of geographical features.”
South Africa’s most up-to-date title adjustments passed off in March 2022, with Sport, Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa approving a number of adjustments within the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.
In February 2021, Mthethwa introduced numerous title adjustments within the Eastern Cape which he mentioned have been for transformation functions.
Some of essentially the most notable adjustments included:
- Port Elizabeth to Gqeberha;
- Uitenhage to Kariega;
- King Williamstown to Qonce;
- East London Airport to King Phalo Airport;
- Port Elizabeth Airport to Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport.