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Hearings on name changes for Port Elizabeth and its airport begin

Nov 12, 2018
Hearings on name changes for Port Elizabeth and its airport begin

The Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) cultural body, the Eastern Cape Provincial Geographical Names Committee (ECPGNC), is expected from Tuesday to conduct public hearings on proposed name change of provincial geographical features that are located within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

According to spokesperson, Andile Nduna, the hearings will conclude next week Wednesday.

"The ECPGNC has received applications for proposed renaming, conducted research on the name and facilitated a consultative process with local community concerned, business, faith organisations, and other stakeholders in the jurisdiction of the place to be renamed," he explained.

"We are now in the stage of public hearings and advertisement of proposed names for public comment where details of reason for the proposed standardization of each name will be presented."

Nduna said that if there are any objections, the names are sent to the ECPGNC’s Objections Sub-committee for response.

"If a consensus on the new name has been reached amongst all relevant stakeholders, the Committee makes recommendations to the national South African Geographical Names Council (SAGNC) which examines the processes followed in coming to the conclusion that such a name should be standardised or accepted before the name is gazetted for public comments, acceptance or rejection."

Proposed name changes

According to the DSRAC, there are proposals to change the name of the Port Elizabeth International Airport to one of the following:

  • Sipho Hashe International Airport, 
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Airport,
  • Raymond Mhlaba Airport,
  • David Stuurman International Airport,
  • The Khoi-San International Airport, and
  • Nelson Mandela Airport.

It said that there is also a proposal to change the name of Port Elizabeth as a city within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to one of the following:

  • Gqebera, 
  • I-Bhayi, and
  • Nelson Mandela City.

Find the venues and times for the hearings here.

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