By Emmanuel Kleinbooi

The process of renaming Durban's streets continues and the public will be involved in choosing new names.

This follows a directive from an eThekwini task team established to deal with the emotive issue. The team was set up after the council's executive committee deliberated on proposals put forward by the council's Racism and Gender committee.

The committee's proposals caused a furore, especially a suggestion that Point Road be renamed Mahatama Gandhi Street.

Now the team, made up of councillors and senior officials and headed by council Speaker Nomusa Dube, has made the following proposals:

  • That an invitation be made to the public to make proposals for renaming particular streets, and provide a motivation.
  • That street renaming must be looked at across the unicity and focussed on the central business district, to avoid it being done in dribs and drabs. 
  • That the issue of renaming of municipal buildings and parks be looked at simultaneously.

Dube said, "There will be advertisements in local newspapers inviting metro-wide participation and encouraging all communities to submit proposals." Submissions can be made to the Speaker's Office, First Floor, Durban City Hall, once the invitations have been extended.