Pub­lic hear­ings on new name for PE and air­port

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - No­maz­ima Nkosi

Res­i­dents of Nel­son Man­dela Bay will get the op­por­tu­nity to pro­pose new names for the Port El­iz­a­beth In­ter­na­tional Air­port at pub­lic hear­ings set to take place on Tues­day.

The first hear­ing will take place at the Raymond Mh­laba Sports Cen­tre in Mother­well.

The Eastern Cape depart­ment of sports, recre­ation, arts and cul­ture has in­vited res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the process of name changes for pro­vin­cial ge­o­graph­i­cal fea­tures lo­cated in the metro.

Pos­si­ble names for the air­port in­clude:

● Sipho Hashe In­ter­na­tional Air­port;

● Nel­son Man­dela Bay Air­port;

● Raymond Mh­laba Air­port;

● David Stu­ur­man In­ter­na­tional Air­port;

● The Khoi-San In­ter­na­tional Air­port; and

● Nel­son Man­dela Air­port. For the city of Port El­iz­a­beth, the op­tions are Gqe­bera, I-Bhayi and Nel­son Man­dela City.

MPL and Khoi and San ac­tivist Chris­tian Martin said this was to en­able ordinary com­mu­nity mem­bers to give their in­put and be part of the trans­for­ma­tion process.

“The im­po­si­tion of place names was an in­te­gral part of the process of es­tab­lish­ing supremacy dur­ing the colo­nial and apartheid era.

“A ju­di­cial process of trans­form­ing place names is thus es­sen­tial in de­colonis­ing so­ci­ety and build­ing an in­clu­sive sense of na­tional iden­tity.

“It is on this premise that the David Stu­ur­man par­lia­men­tary con­stituency of­fice wants to make it known that

Also up for a pos­si­ble name change is Uiten­hage

we are en­dors­ing the names the ‘Chief David Stu­ur­man In­ter­na­tional Air­port’ and ‘Nel­son Man­dela Bay City’.

“Nam­ing the air­port the Chief David Stu­ur­man In­ter­na­tional Air­port will also sig­nify the mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion made by the Khoi and San peo­ple in as­sur­ing we achieved our lib­er­a­tion,” Martin said.

Also up for a pos­si­ble name change is Uiten­hage. Op­tions in­clude Tolofiyeni, Gar­den Town, Kar­iega and Kamesh.

That meet­ing will be held at the Uiten­hage Town Hall on Tues­day next week.

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