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Imagine the rage if SA government renamed Cape Town 😂 . Some wanted to rename it to //Hui !Gaeb which 99.9% of South Africans have no idea how to pronounce.
 

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I don't really care as a name is pronounced by residents however they want to. Just take the Afrikaans street names in Cape Town for example. Instead of being bigots/racist Xhosa people should just teach people how they want it pronounced. I don't even expect English people to correctly pronounce my name.
 

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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...
 

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But is it 'Ggg-Q!hebera' (as pronounced in Canbera) or Ggg-Q!he-Be-Ra (all syllables separate) ?
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.
 

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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.

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?
 

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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?
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.

Also surprised that the ANC national government has the authority to rename municipalities it does not directly govern.
 

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It is a national or provincial decision? Sadly this won't work well for international naming needs.
 

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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...
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)
 

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How to pronounce Eastern Cape's newly renamed Eastern Cape cities and airports
 

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Mayor plans legal challenge to reverse PE name change to Gqeberha

Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Nqaba Bhanga will write a formal letter of complaint to Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and plans to take legal action.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s controversial renaming of the historic Port Elizabeth to Gqeberha has united residents across race and political divides in opposition to the move.

Leading the charge is Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Nqaba Bhanga, with a petition calling for the reversal of the decision gathering momentum.

Already, more than 40 000 people have signed the petition calling for Mthethwa to repeal the renaming of Port Elizabeth –
home to several political, sporting and business leaders.

Bhanga yesterday said he would write a formal letter of complaint to Mthethwa and plans to take legal action over what he described as “a divisive name, without any proper isiXhosa meaning – only used in reference to a Port Elizabeth township in Walmer”.

In dropping the bombshell on Port Elizabeth, Mthethwa said the name change was “part of a government programme to transform South Africa’s heritage landscape”.

“The renaming of Port Elizabeth to Gqeberha is a big mistake because Gqeberha is reference to a township in Walmer.

“You can’t rename the entire city after one small township.

“Names should unify people, but this one – with no emotional attachment to the people of Port Elizabeth – has divided our community.

 

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Gqeberha: Nathi Mthethwa’s project is bound to backfire

I was born and grew up in Port Elizabeth, sometimes referred to as eBhayi or eMambhozana – the Friendly City.

Not only has PE been the capital of the Eastern Cape in terms of its size, budget, infrastructure, cleanliness and a working economy – before the country’s first democratic elections – it remains the pride all those hailing from that part of the country.

For whatever reason, the status of PE as the capital ceased under the ANC government. Bhisho – long associated with the former Ciskei bantustan, became the capital.

And the Eastern Cape – as we knew it – was lumped with another former bantustan of the Transkei – in the interests of a unified province.

Under the ANC, Port Elizabeth has suffered serious financial, economic and leadership setbacks, with no one taking full responsibility for the potholes, heaps of uncollected garbage, blocked drains and a stench from sewage flowing through the streets of Zwide, KwaZakhele, New Brighton and Motherwell.

Political infighting and tensions over lucrative tenders have become dominant factors that have contributed to the fall of historic PE – home to business and political leaders like Saki Macozoma, Stone Sizani, Mkhuseli Jack, Rory Riordan, Vuyisile Mini, Ray Mhlaba, Topsy Madaka, Siphiwe Mthimkhulu, Winston Ntshona, John Kani, Siphiwo Ralo, Trevor Tambo and Vusi Pikoli.

Amid all the challenges which deserve being given attention and priority, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa – whose track record of resolving challenges faced by the entertainment industry during Covid-19 leaves much to be desired – pushed for a name change in PE, to some place called Gqeberha.

As we have reported before in this newspaper, this move – not shared by the majority of people in the city – has sparked unity across colour lines in a campaign against Mthethwa tempering with our rich history, culture and heritage.

Mthethwa’s controversial renaming of the historic PE to Gqeberha – a predominantly black township in Walmer – has drawn the ire of residents, local leaders and Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Nqaba Bhanga, with a public petition calling for the immediate reversal of the decision.

 

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Port Elizabeth objects to Gqeberha name change – considers Nelson Mandela City instead

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality will make a formal submission to Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa, opposing Port Elizabeth’s name change to Gqeberha.

In a town hall meeting broadcast on Monday evening (22 March), mayor Nqaba Bhanga said that the submission would also object to Uitenhage’s name change to Kariega.

Bhanga said that the name changes received more than 66,000 complaints, and the submission will argue that the changes did not receive a satisfactory public participation process.

Less than 400 people attended the eight public participation meetings for the name changes, which opponents argue is not representative of the area’s 1.4 million inhabitants.

However, the submission does not object to the idea of a name change.

Instead, there are concerns over the Gqeberha name itself and whether it culturally relevant to the area as opposed to other names which have historically been associated with the area.

Commenters indicated that a name change to ‘Nelson Mandela City’ might be a better fit – both for tourism purposes and because of the historical significance of the former president to the area.

 

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Behind the scenes at Axxess’ new ultra-modern head office

Axxess recently moved into its impressive new head office in Port Elizabeth which has already become a landmark in the City.

Axxess was founded by Franco Barbalich in his one-bedroom flat in 1997 and initially provided Internet access through four Internet cafés in Port Elizabeth.

The ISP partnered with Bradshaw Architects and BSP Construction to design and build the second phase of its head office. The conceptual design started by in 2015 and construction followed in 2018.

Situated along the popular business district in Cape Road, Port Elizabeth, Axxess’ new building boasts an ultra-modern look using the latest design concepts.































 

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Casino and the middle water place removed? It's a pity
 
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