Port Elizabeth has a new name — Gqeberha.
The decision was officially approved and gazetted by sports activities, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday.
Varied major name changes will observe the town of Uitenhage changed to Kariega, whereas the Port Elizabeth Airport will now be identified as Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport.
The name change issue had been dragging on for about two years, with residents submitting heaps of of objections to what have been 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 “Sustain the name Port Elizabeth” was circulated on social media and garnered about 26,000 signatures.
Then again, the petition — regardless of the signatures — was counted as a single objection.