The ANC government is trying to wipe out the true history of South Africa by changing names of towns, hospitals, air ports and streets. This process costs billions of Rands, but the uneducated, unemployed ANC voters probably don't realise this at all.
For years, the ANC has been trying to rename Pretoria to Tswane, but they finally gave up the fight after Afrikaner groups kept taking the matter to court. Pretoria was named after Andries Pretorius, who founded the city in 1855. Pretoria has the largest Afrikaner population in South Africa and Afrikaans is still the most spoken language. The ANC managed to push through an ammendment shortly after they took power, where they incorporated large black townships into the Pretoria Municipality in order to gain full control over the city, which they viewed as the stronghold of the Afrikaner.
With the African culture's lack of written history, I suppose within a few decades, the history will be changed in such a way that young black children will be told that Pretoria and other cities were founded by the brilliant minds of people such as Nelson Mandela.
Why not build new cities, hospitals and roads and name them after your "struggle" heroes?
I did a bit of research about the street names in Pretoria that were changed overnight with absolutely no warning or public consultation. Only one of the new names is in a small way relevant to Pretoria as a city. Johannes Ramokhoase was the first black mayor of Pretoria.
Schoeman street -Francis Baard
Commandant-General Stephanus Schoeman was the second president of the ZAR. He started the first regular postal service to Soutpansberg in 1858.
Francis Baard was one of the leaders in the march against the "pass laws" in 1956. She was involved with the drafting of the ANC's Freedom charter.
Van der Walt - Lilian Ngoyi
Andries Petrus van der Walt laid the first water aqueducts in Pretoria, built a dam for the town and constructed the first road over Wonderboom neck.
Lilian Ngoyi was the first female elected to the ANC's excecutive commitee. She is credited as the first person to realize that international support was needed in the fight against Apartheid. She was also one of the leaders who led the march against the pass laws in 1956.
Andries Street -Thabo Sehume
Andries Street was originally called St Andries Street and was named after the flag of St Andrew, which was flown by Stephanus Schoeman in opposition to the ZAR's vierkleur.
Thabo Sehume was a longtime member of AZAPO.
D F Malan - E’skia Mphahlele
DF Malan was the Prime Minister of South Africa from 1948 to 1954.
E’skia Mphahlele was a writer, academic, artist and activist. He spent a few years in exile, "struggling via correspondence" and returned to South Africa in 1977 where he got a niice job at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Prinsloo - Sisulu
Joachim J.P. Prinsloo was one of the first residents who owned a house on Church Square.
Walter Sisulu was a member of the ANC Youth League, one of the founding members of MK, the ANC's military wing and he spent 26 years on Robben Island.
Genl Louis Botha - January Masilela
Genl Louis Botha was the first prime minister of the Union of South Africa after the Anglo-boer war.
January Masilela is the former Secretary of Defence for the South African Department of Defence. He also served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the African national Congress.
He was born in the Netherlands where his parents probably "struggled via correspondence"
Skinner - Nana Sita
William Skinner, from England, was Pretoria's first magistrate.
Nana Sita was an Indian born anti-apartheid activist who led a batch of protestors which included Walter Sisulu during the Defiance Campaign in 1952.
Church Street East– Stanza Bopape
Church Street was famous for being the longest street in the Southern Hemisphere.
Stanza Bopape was an ANC political activist and civic leader. Yawn... I sense a pattern emerging.
Leah Mangope - Peter Magano
Leah Mangope was the wife of Lucas Mangope, the leader of Bophuthatswana, a South African homeland during Apartheid.
Peter Magano is famous for being Nelson Mandela's friend. I couldn't find anything else. Maybe someone can enlighten me.
Lucas Mangope - Molefe Makinta
Lucas Mangope was the leader of Bophuthatswana, a South African homeland during Apartheid.
Molefe Makinta was an ANC activist....
Jacob Mare - Jeff Masemola
Jacob Philippus Maré represented Heidelberg in the Transvaal Volksraad (parliament) and became a member of the excecutive commitee of the Transvaal in 1880.
Jeff Masemola (Pan Africanist Congress) was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1963 after he and fourteen others were charged with conspiracy to commit sabotage.
Walker Charles - Justice Mohammed
Arthur Hamilton Walker was a surveyor who officially laid out the city of Pretoria after Andries Pretorius initially laid out the city.
Justice Mohammed was the first non-white chief justice who was a lifelong champion of the fight against white rule.
Queen Wilhelmina Ave - Florence Ribeiro
Wilhelmina was Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1890 to 1948.
Wife of Fabian Defu Ribeiro, a medical doctor who kept records of police brutality.
Voortrekker - Steve Biko
The Voortrekkers brought civilization to the interior of South Africa.
Steve Biko was an anti-apartheid activist most famous for starting the Black Consciousness Movement. He didn't bring civilization to the interior.
Hendrik Verwoerd - Johan Heyns
H.F. Verwoerd was Prime Minister of South Africa from 1958 until his assassination in 1966.
Johan Heyns was an influential Afrikaner Calvinist theologian who became disillusioned with Apartheid and convinced the church that it wasn't God's will to segregate people based on race.
Hans Strijdom - Solomon Mahlangu
Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom was Prime Minister of South Africa from 1954 to 1958.
Solomon Mahlangu was a struggle hero, who became the first MK cadre to be hanged by the apartheid government.
Mitchell - Charlotte Maxeke
George Mitchell was a surveyor who laid out streets and stands in Pretoria-West.
Charlotte Maxeke was a South African religious leader and political activist.
Esselen - Robert Sobukwe
Ewald Esselen, from Germany, was the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek's seceratary of state and advisor.
Robert Sobukwe was a political activist who founded the Pan Africanist Congress.
Vermeulen - Madiba
The first Volksraad sitting of Transvaal took place on May 26 1856 in Hendrik Vermeulen's house.
Madiba is a pet name for Nelson Mandela, the convicted terrorist who became South Africa's first "democratically elected president" in 1994.
Schubart - Sophie De Bruyn
Dutch-born Anton Frederik Schubart was the seceratary of state under president M.W. Pretorius and later head of the State Museum in the same street.
Sophie De Bruyn was a founding member of the South African Congress of Trade Union and she also led the march to the Union Buildings in 1956 against the pass laws.
Potgieter - Kgosi Mampuru
Andries Hendrik Potgieter was one of the leaders of the Voortrekkers who moved from the Cape Colony to the interior, fiercely resisting colonial rule by the British.
Kgosi Mampuru was a revolutionary who fiercely resisted colonial rule.
Proes - Johannes Ramokhoase
B.C.E. Proes was the first state attorney of the ZAR Republic.
Johannes Ramokhoase was a teacher and the first black mayor of Pretoria.
Michael Brink - Nico Smith
Michael Brink was one of the United Parties' city counsil members.
Nico Smith was a South African Afrikaner minister and prominent opponent of apartheid.
Duncan - Jan Shoba
Sir Patrick Duncan was the first governor-general of the Union of South Africa.
Jan Shoba was a commander of Apla who allegedly led attacks on white farmers.
Zambezi - Sefako Makgatho
The Zambesi river is the 4th longest river in Africa. Maybe it's a racist river.
Born in 1861 in Pietersburg, South Africa he was schooled in England and returned the favour by opposing Europe's "rape of Africa"
"Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups."
- Raphael Lemkin
I personally think that the ANC is attempting to erase the Afrikaner history and identity in order to eventually create the false impression that Africans were responsible for the infrastructure and civilization in South Africa.