The City of Cape Town is encouraging residents and interested parties to participate in the renaming of streets in Gugulethu and to ensure that they do so before the 31 March 2013 deadline.
Since the public participation process to obtain proposals on the renaming of the ‘NY’ streets started on 1 November 2012, the City has received over 700 submissions – some electronically and some by hand.
The ‘Name your Street’ campaign splits Gugulethu into eight (8) different ‘hoods’ (neighbourhoods, shortened to ‘hoods’ as in American slang) which will be renamed by its residents. Each ‘hood’ consists of its own NY streets to be renamed and a closing date for residents to submit their suggestions for names.
- ‘Hood’ 1 borders NY112 (Johnson Qono); NY1 into NY 111 and submissions have closed for this hood
- ‘Hood’ 2 borders NY3, NY78, NY3A ,NY1 and the closing date for submissions is 18 January 2013.
- ‘Hood’ 3 borders the Railway line, NY4, NY50, NY6, NY1 and the closing date for submissions is 18 January 2013.
- ‘Hood’ 4 borders NY1, NY117, NY5, NY6 and the closing date for submissions is 9 February 2013.
- ‘Hood’ 5 borders NY44, NY5, NY78, NY3 and the closing date for submissions is 9 February 2013.
- ‘Hood’ 7 borders Klipfontein Road, NY5, NY117, NY1, and the Graveyard. The closing date for submissions 3 March 2013.
- ‘Hood’ 6 borders NY6, NY5, NY44, NY3, NY1 and the closing date for submissions is 3 March 2013.
- ‘Hood’ 8 borders NY1, NY108 (Klipfontein Road) and NY112 (Johnson Qono Street) and the closing date for submissions is 31 March 2013.
The renaming process included door-to-door consultations to obtain naming proposals for each ‘NY’ street within the boundaries of a sub-area and a comment process to finalise the names of each street. In addition, the campaign was also publicised via adverts and social media.
Once all of the proposed names have been captured and subjected to internal processes, residents will be given the opportunity to vote electronically (via the Have Your Say section on the City’s website) and manually (via voting booths located at schools and the Gugulethu Square shopping mall).
The renaming process was launched in Gugulethu on National Heritage Day, 24 September 2012. The final decision on the renaming of the streets vests with Council, acting on the advice of the Executive Mayor as assisted by the Naming Committee.
“The renaming of the ‘NY’ streets in Gugulethu is an opportunity for community-building and we encourage all residents to participate in this exciting process. We are pleased with the range of submissions that reflects a range of interest groups in Gugulethu. With this renaming project we have the chance to eliminate symbols of the painful Apartheid approach to planning and empower residents to build a suburb with dignified place-markers,” says the Chairperson of the Naming Committee, Councillor Brett Herron.