I've been advised that it's pronounced using three syllables: Gqe- (pronounced as one syllable: click plus "eh"), -ber- (pronounced as "beh"), and ha (pronounced like an Afrikaans "ge"). So, Q!eh-beh-ge. Which is easier than it first looks.But is it 'Ggg-Q!hebera' (as pronounced in Canbera) or Ggg-Q!he-Be-Ra (all syllables separate) ?
I didn't even know this was in the planning. So the actual city name had been changed while Nelson Mandela Bay stays as the municipality name? This is a mighty confusing change. Where does the new name come from? Was it referred by this name in the past like Durban and eThekwini?It is official, Port Elizabeth has a new name — Gqeberha
Port Elizabeth has a new name — Gqeberha.
The decision was officially approved and gazetted by sports, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday.
Other major name changes will see the town of Uitenhage changed to Kariega, while the Port Elizabeth Airport will now be known as Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport.
The name change issue had been dragging on for about two years, with residents submitting hundreds of objections to what were then proposals. When the recommendation by the Eastern Cape Geographical Names committee that Port Elizabeth be renamed Gqeberha was first mooted, it caused an uproar among residents.
A petition titled “Keep the name Port Elizabeth” was circulated on social media and garnered about 26,000 signatures.
However, the petition — despite the signatures — was counted as a single objection.
Apparently its the Xhosa name for Walmer Township, one of the oldest townships PE. I think PE is a bit colonialist but surely iBhayi would have been better? Apparently that was already the Xhosa nickname for PE and would certainly work much better for tourism.I didn't even know this was in the planning. So the actual city name had been changed while Nelson Mandela Bay stays as the municipality name? This is a mighty confusing change. Where does the new name come from? Was it referred by this name in the past like Durban and eThekwini?
I kind of agree with this. The name change comes across as a weak attempt to hide failings. If you revitalize the city, make it something better than it was, then a name change feels like a final crown on the head to make it shine anew. But, if all is rotten and municipal services fails left right and center, then the effect is the opposite, you are basically naming the disaster which the place has become (now the entire city has become the township, instead of the township becoming one with the city)All of this would matter little if the country was moving forward ie We had a respectable, more-or-less corruption free govt that at least appeared to by trying - to tackle crime, create jobs, improve education, grow the economy. All the normal things governments are supposed to do - largely with taxpayers money.
Most of the outrage when things like this occur is because govt are doing none of the above, are utterly rotten with corruption, have collapsed most municipalities they 'run' and otherwise cannot seem to find their own arse with both hands.
But yet they find the time to change street town and airport names, all of which costs even more money and will make not one jot of difference to the lives of the poor people in the townships still waiting for a better life.
But of course, bringing any of these points to light is just plain old racism, obviously...