The Eastern Cape government is strongly considering changing the names of some towns in the province and has asked members of the public for input.
According to a report by The South African, the government is considering four major name changes in and around the Buffalo City subway. The name change of East London in particular, its airport and two other towns is a possibility.
Members of the public have until 21 September to submit their proposals for new names to the provincial department of sport, recreation and arts and culture.
One name suggestion for East London that has emerged is “KuGompo”. “King King Airport” has been proposed as the new name for the airport. If some of the proposals already received are approved, King William’s Town’s name will be changed to “Qonce”, while the city of Berlin will be known as “Ntabozuko”.
BusinessTech reports the provincial government has said it is part of its program aimed at transforming the country’s geographical landscape in order to represent its people more appropriately.
Meanwhile, Rhodes University’s council has approved a plan to involve the larger Grahamstown community in the possibility of a name change for the 111-year-old academic institution.