Cliff Buchler
2 minute read
3 Mar 2021
6:00 am

How does changing names of places help ordinary South Africans?

Cliff Buchler

Were there any public meetings held to hear whether it would improve the lives of those residing in dire communities?

People enjoying themselves at Brighton Beach in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth). Picture: Lulama Zenzile

My elderly high school maths teacher would’ve branded them something he specifically reserved for me: “You fool, you idiot, you ass!” I’m referring to the halfwits who decided to change place names as if it’s the most important element in the lives of those relegated to non-entities. I bet you a pound to a pinch of a politician’s puny brain cell they hadn’t consulted with the ones they claim to represent. Were there any public meetings held to hear whether their plan had any merit, and whether it would improve the lives of those residing in dire communities? Would it...