Uitenhage’s name changed to “Qhagqiwa” or “Garden Town”?

Is it really worth changing a name when that name is internationally known for various aspects, one of them being home to the largest car factory on the African continent?

Is it worth spending millions of Rands on changing a name when “insufficient funds” are so often named as the reason or excuse for lack of maintenance on basic services?

These are but two of the hundreds of comments, outbursts and reactions from the public on social platforms after the Eastern Cape government announced that it is considering changing Uitenhage’s name to “Qhagqiwa” or “Garden Town”.

Comments like: “if the name Uitenhage can’t even be spelled correctly on nameboards, imagine the new name”, “We will be totally lost, not knowing where the heck it is. Poor tourists … not a good idea”, “Is a name change really necessary? This is a political stunt to gain votes”, “Absurd. There are far more important things to spend tax money on”, “What will be the benefits of it? Surely the money could be much better spent on service delivery?”

There were, however, a few people who felt positive about Uitenhage being named “Qhagqiwa”.

Deshun Deysel
Mountaineer Deshun Deysel was born in Uitenhage

The Eastern Cape Geographical Names Committee also announced that public participation hearings would be held after to the local government elections on August 3.

The other name changes include Port Elizabeth (to be changed to Gqeberha) and the Port Elizabeth airport (to be named Sipho Hashe Airport).

Zukile Jodwana, a member of the Eastern Cape geographical names committee said “This is a lengthy process and can take up to six months.

“We have received the applications, but now we have to hold public meetings in the communities where residents can voice their opinions and air their grievances.

“Then we must make a recommendation to the national geographical names committee, which in turn must submit its recommendations to the Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.”

There are various notable persons linked to Uitenhage. Saying that Enoch Sontonga, Allan Hendrickse, Smuts Ngonyama, Sean Burke, Ton Vosloo, Linky Boshoff, Garth Wright, Deshun Deysel and Loyiso Bala hail from Qhagqiwa, simply lacks any significance.

  • Uitenhage was founded on 25 April 1804 and named in honour of General Jacob Abraham Uitenhage De Mist.

source: UD News/News24

Garden Town brand Uitenhage to be restored: Danny Jordan

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan said life will be breathed into the Uitenhage Town Hall with the appointment of senior municipal personnel in Uitenhage and hard work will be put in to restore the Garden Town brand Uitenhage used to carry.

Danny Jordan Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor

Assistant Directors of different service delivery departments will be appointed to report for duty in Uitenhage with decision-making powers to directly respond to issues affecting residents and efforts such as the “love where you live” campaign to clean up the area.

Executive Directors reported to the community regarding current ongoing expenditure in Uitenhage wards, efforts to curb water leaks, fix potholes and specific economic development opportunities that exist and the review of high rates for public facilities. The planned construction of a desalination plant, study outcomes regarding the development of the township economy, the ocean economy, the redevelopment of Bayworld and the many other planned initiatives were highlighted.

“We have the will to solve your problems and know how to do it. I can assure you that we have solved much greater problems,” Dr Danny Jordaan said to an appreciative crowd at the Allanridge Hall.

Last year the municipality hosted a council meeting at the Uitenhage Indoor Sports Centre and Mayor Jordaan said another council meeting with a clear bias on economic development for the area will be convened soon.

source: RNews