The City of Cape Town is mulling over a name change for one of the main thoroughfares into the CBD from its southern suburbs.
If the proposal goes through, as stated by Mayor Patricia de Lille last week, De Waal Drive will be named after Phillip Kgosana, the Pan-Africanist devotee from yesteryear who led 30 000 African demonstrators on a march from Langa to the Cape Town CBD on March 30th, 1960, following the Sharpeville massacre. Kgosana passed away last week at age 80 and the City of Cape Town will now be taking steps to immortalise the name of this former regional secretary of the PAC for the Western Cape.
De Waal Drive was completed by the early 1920’s and was named after the Cape’s first administrator, Sir Nicolas Fredrick De Waal, who planned and oversaw construction of it.
The current status of the name change is that the City is ‘processing’ the proposal with an outcome likely to be revealed soon. As a Capetonian, what are your thoughts about this? A worthwhile commemoration from South Africa’s past or just a waste of money where funds could be funnelled through to more notable, humanitarian causes? Have your say in the comments section below.