Port Elizabeth’s name might soon change to Gqeberha.
This comes after the Eastern Cape Geographic Names Committee announced there was no reason why the name change could not happen.
The committee recently rejected two petitions with 161 and 18 signatures, respectively, by people opposed to the name change.
There were also more than 130 single objections that were not taken into account.
The committee believes that a price cannot be linked to transformation.
In addition to the city, the name of Port Elizabeth Airport is also going to change.
The total of 23 objections to the newly proposed David Stuurman airport made no difference.
Christian Martin, a well-known activist for the rights of the Khoi and the San, is delighted with this decision.
It is precisely Martin who proposed the new name for the airport. He describes it as a step in the right direction for the Khoi and the San because they were marginalized.
He believes people will research where the name came from in the future, and then learn important lessons about its history.