Make pub­lic he­roes wall pro­posal

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER news@the­newage.co.za

THE city of Cape Town’s Nam­ing and Nom­i­na­tion Com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended to mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille that the city un­der­takes a pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process around the pro­posal to cre­ate a he­roes wall at the Green Point Ath­let­ics Sta­dium in hon­our of ath­letes who have achieved Olympic hero status.

The Pre­mier of the West­ern Cape, He­len Zille, last year pro­posed that the Green Point Ath­let­ics Sta­dium be re­named af­ter Wayde van Niek­erk in hon­our of him win­ning an Olympic gold medal and set­ting a new 400m world record at the Olympic Games in Rio in Au­gust 2016.

The pro­posal was re­cently dis­cussed by the pre­mier, DEe Lille, and the chair­per­son of the city’s Nam­ing and Nom­i­na­tion Com­mit­tee chair­per­son Brett Her­ron.

It was agreed that the city would not pro­ceed with the pro­posed re­nam­ing, but rather ask the pub­lic for comment about a pro­posal to erect a he­roes wall at the Green Point Ath­let­ics Sta­dium to hon­our all of those ath­letes who have achieved Olympic hero status.

“This pro­posal is more in­clu­sive and com­plies with the city’s nam­ing pol­icy.

“Should the city in the end de­cide to go ahead with the he­roes wall, it would give us the op­por­tu­nity to hon­our and cel­e­brate all of our great ath­letes – those who have made us proud at the Olympic Games in the past, and those still to come.

“The wall can be utilised to cel­e­brate not only ath­letes who par­tic­i­pate in track events, but any Olympic sport­ing code,’’ Her­ron said.

The city had con­sulted with the man­age­ment of the Green Point Ath­let­ics Sta­dium who had pro­posed that the ex­ist­ing gabion wall at the rear of the sta­dium be used for this pur­pose. The wall is about 160m long.

“It is still early days. Should the mayor agree with the pro­posal, we will also con­sult with our res­i­dents and ask them for their views dur­ing a pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process.

“Noth­ing will hap­pen un­til such time as the pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process has been con­cluded and the pro­posal has been con­sid­ered and ap­proved by the full coun­cil,’’ Her­ron said.

TO RE­CEIVE HON­OURS’ LIST : Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille.

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