The official process calling on its citizens to submit proposals to rename streets, public places, natural areas and council-owned buildings, facilities and artefacts in the City of Cape Town has begun. Advertisements appeared in the weekend press and the window period expires on 11 May 2007.
In sharp contrast to the controversy in other South African cities, Cape Town has a comprehensive policy which gives the public a large say in the process but the final decision rests with the Council. The policy is available in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans on request.
Any resident, community or organisation within the municipality of Cape Town may make a motivated written proposal but oral submissions will also be catered for where illiteracy or similar circumstances pose a difficulty.
Proposals may include the results of referenda, petitions or similar by way of evidence of support or opposition but will not be considered as a defining criterion by the panel of experts.
Public nominations have been received for the panel of experts and once the full list has accepted nomination, it will be published. The panel will consider all valid proposals. It will submit recommendations to Council which will then be advertised for public comment and thereafter adopted by Council.
Proposals should honour and commemorate noteworthy persons, local, national or international history, places, events, memories, fauna, flora and natural features or culture of relevance to the people of Cape Town.
They should strengthen community identity, replace offensive or controversial names and promote improved place orientation and recognise the cultural diversity of Cape Town.
Proposals should not commemorate living persons, be offensive or insensitive, cumbersome or unintelligible, linguistically modified or corrupted. They should not be interpreted as commercial advertising nor duplicate existing names or cause confusion.
Further information can be obtained from 021 487-2294.
23 APRIL 2007
DIRECTORATE: COMMUNICATION AND MARKETING
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400-2201
FAX: 021 957-0023
COUNCILLOR OWEN KINAHAN
CHAIRPERSON - PROTEA SUB-COUNCIL
WARD COUNCILLOR: WARD 58
TEL: 021 794-2493
CELL: 083 261 7484