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Gqeberha: the origins of the renaming of Port Elizabeth

Gqeberha: the origins of the renaming of Port Elizabeth

The dedication to rename Port Elizabeth was officially accredited and gazetted by sports actions, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday, however who was at the support of the concept to rename the “Friendly Metropolis”?

Port Elizabeth has been renamed Gqeberha.


Other predominant title changes will phrase Uitenhage changed to Kariega, and Port Elizabeth Airport will now be often known as Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport.

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The title commerce self-discipline had been dragging on for roughly two years with residents submitting a total bunch of objections to what personal been then proposals.

In 2019 HeraldLIVE reported the males who nominated the renaming personal been Boy Lamani of KwaMagxaki, faded ANC MPL Christian Martin, and Khoi and San chief Mervyn Allies.

In step with Lamani, who submitted the title Gqeberha to the geographical names committee, he had nominated the commerce in early 2016 when Danny Jordaan was aloof mayor.

The committee advised Port Elizabeth be renamed Gqeberha – the isiXhosa title for Walmer Township, which is one of the first and oldest Port Elizabeth townships.

Lamani stated at the time Gqeberha lost its repute when the Walmer title turned prominent as industrialisation grew.

Khoi and San activist Martin proposed the recent title for the airport.

Stuurman, who rebelled in opposition to the Dutch and British colonialists and served time on Robben Island, was banished to New South Wales, Australia, in 1823. He died in exile in Sydney in 1830.

Martin campaigned for Stuurman’s stays to be repatriated to SA and they personal been in 2017.

Allies, from Uitenhage, stated previously renaming the city to Kariega was about restorative justice and the title would possibly perhaps aloof judge the customary inhabitants.

“We preceded this set apart for 1,000 years earlier than someone moved here. After we pressure here we want to in point of fact feel home, that we’re in Africa, and this title commerce would build that,” he stated.

“The total space from Willowmore and Somerset East to Uitenhage was previously called Kariega. Our ancestors called the Swartkops River, which is outdoor Uitenhage, the Kariega River.”

TimesLIVE (TMG Digital)


Gqeberha: the origins of the renaming of Port Elizabeth