Rick Turner Road
Formerly Francois Road

DR RICHARD Turner, known as Rick to his friends and peers, was a visionary academic who inspired a generation of young activists and helped the labour movement’s resurgence before his assassination in 1978. Born in 1941, he taught at the then University of Natal, a passionate lecturer pioneering the teaching of radical political philosophy and an advisor to the National Union of South African Students (Nusas). With the help of Harriet Bolton and others, he encouraged white students to get involved in the organisation of black workers. Turner was banned with seven Nusas leaders, making it illegal for him to teach, publish or be quoted. He continued informally to advise unions and remained in contact with the student leaders. Two months before his ban was to expire, in January 1978, Turner was gunned down. He died in the arms of his 13-year-old daughter.

Rodger Sishi Road
Formerly Blair Atholl Road

RODGER Dinga “RD” Sishi was a teacher, businessman, soccer administrator, Durban councillor, and mayor of Mpumalanga township. Born in Hammarsdale in 1928, he qualified as a teacher and taught for many years in KwaZulu-Natal and the former Transvaal Provinces. From 1960 to 1972 he served as the chief administration clerk of the Alexandra township health department. Sishi was closely associated with soccer. He played the game as a young man and served on the executive committee of the Alexandra and the Transvaal Football Association. From 1972 to 1976, he was the general manager of the National Professional Soccer League and later became the vice chairman and then chairman of the Professional Soccer League. He was subsequently elected deputy president of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Football Association, a post he held until his death in 2001. As a founder member of the Mpumalanga Residents’ Association and mayor of Mpumalanga Township, Sishi was dedicated to helping people, particularly the less fortunate. A prominent ANC member, Sishi was elected as a Durban Metro councillor after 1994.

Stephen Dlamini Road
Formerly Essenwood Road

BORN in 1913, Stephen Dlamini was a leading trade unionist and member of the ANC in Natal. A factory worker, Dlamini rose through trade union ranks to become chairman of the African Textile Worker’s Union in the 1950s. He was an accused in the Treason Trail until charges against him were withdrawn in late 1958. In 1960 he went into hiding and helped to organise demonstrations against the detention of Congress leaders. In 1961 he was an organiser for the May stayat- home, called by Nelson Mandela. In 1963 he was imprisoned on Robben Island, and was elected honourary president of the SA Congress of Trade Unions in 1967. After his release from prison he was banished to a rural reserve.