Department of Roads and Transport 2022/06/19 - 22:00
The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has initiated a process of naming and renaming provincial roads in the province. It is also calling on all interested and affected parties to make comments on proposed names and the renaming of major provincial roads.
The Department has, in the past, named and renamed major routes as part of the province's commitment to social cohesion, inclusion and transformation.
Proposed names include those of eminent persons from various fields including political, business, labour and sporting fields. They also include literary figures across the social, cultural, economic and political spectrum.
MEC Jacob Mamabolo explained that the Gauteng Provincial Government has a conscious role to play in promoting an inclusive South African identity with this exercise.
As per the Gauteng Geographical Names Committee (GGNC) Policy Guidelines, in terms of Section 2 (2.4) of the Policy Framework and Guidelines for Geographical Naming System in Gauteng, communities should be sufficiently consulted.
"As government, we have a duty to honour heroes and heroines, who selflessly played significant roles in the struggle against apartheid, made profound and outstanding contributions to the development of our people and this country."
"The roads and transport infrastructure may have a technical function, however, the provincial government has a conscious duty to play in promoting and reflecting an inclusive identity and cultural heritage with such infrastructure. In so doing, it raises citizens' awareness and appreciation of the heroes and heroines' roles in the struggle against apartheid, characterized by division, exploitation and racism. This exercise also enables us to celebrate and honour those heroes and heroines who, against all odds, rose and lit the way in various areas of endeavour and to the attainment of the people's freedom," Mamabolo added.
The Department will host public participation workshops across the province as part of consultation and efforts to create awareness regarding the proposed naming and renaming of identified roads.
The proposed changes are:
N12 to Ahmed Kathrada Freeway;
R59 to Helen Suzman Drive;
R80 to Dr Sam Motsuenyane Drive;
R55 to Philip Kgosana Drive;
R500 to Elijah Barayi Drive;
R50 to Joost van der Westhuizen Drive;
R42 to Ellen Khuzwayo Drive; and
P139/1 (Christiaan de Wet/Northumberland Road) to Andrew Mlangeni Drive
Interested and affected parties can submit comments to Rhulani.Mahori@gauteng.gov.za or contact him on 066 474 3000.
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