Pan Africanism : SOUTH AFRICA'S CAPITAL TO BE RENAMED 'TSHWANE'

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  1. Aqil

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    Pretoria, the capital of South Africa and administrative center of the country's former apartheid regime, has been renamed after an ancient African tribal leader. Following a hotly-contested decision by the City Council - which is dominated by African National Congress members - the capital will now be known as Tshwane, after a chief who ruled well before white colonization of the area. The name "Pretoria" has only been retained for a tiny portion of the capital, which covers the city center.

    The controversial move has outraged members of the mainly white Democratic Alliance opposition in the council, as well as hard-core Afrikaner organizations. Some irate white rate-payers are already threatening a rates boycott. Various Afrikaner organizations have threatened to launch a "separatist movement" dedicated to safeguarding the history of South Africa's white population.

    Notwithstanding white dissent, the imposing Union Buildings, the seat of power where Nelson Mandela took the oath of office as South Africa's first black president in 1994, as well as all residential suburbs, will now be part of Tshwane.

    ANC Council members said the naming and renaming of national symbols after liberation was a common practice in post-colonial societies. Zimbabwe's capital city, formerly "Salisbury," became Harare in 1980, while Mozambique's capital changed from "Lourenco Marques" to Maputo in 1975.

    The new name was agreed late on Monday and will be communicated to the United Nations, African Union, European Union and other international bodies.

    But critics are arguing that the change is both financially extravagant and potentially damaging to tourism. According to Democratic Alliance spokesmen, the move will cost at least 150 million pounds to enact. The new name had "less substantiation behind it than the mythical island of Atlantis," said the DA's Derek Fleming.

    Pretoria was originally established in 1855 and named after Andries Pretorius, a leader of the "Voortrekkers" (i.e., "forward trekkers"), a vanguard of Dutch Boers who left the Cape colony with ox wagons and entered the interior to escape British rule.

    In the rest of South Africa many place and street names in South Africa still originate in the country's apartheid past. One of Johannesburg's main streets is still named after Hendrik Verwoerd, a former prime minister and one of the main architects of the system.

    The Pan-Africanist Congress, traditionally more radical than the ANC, has long said that all remnants of apartheid should be expunged from the new South Africa...

    http://www.southafrica.info/what_happening/news/pretoria-tshwane.htm
     
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    Al hamdu-l-'lah.

    The Pan-African Congress has long been in the forefront of a large segment of South Africans who wish to change the name of their country to "Azania." This name has been used very differently in the context of nascent African nationalism. In the 1940s, the cause of African nationalism was propagated in South Africa by A.M. Lembede and A.P. Mda, who belonged to the Youth League of the African National Congress (ANC). Lembede anticipated the current debate on the contribution of Africa to civilization by claiming that Egypt was an African achievement...

    The cause of Black nationalism was supported outside South Africa by Kwame Nkrumah, who hosted an All-African Peoples Conference in 1957 after he became the first Black President of Ghana. Nkrumah was born near Axim, a name that recalls the great ancient city of Axum in Abyssinia, said by Cosmas Indicopleustes - a geographer of the 6th century AD - to have controlled the trade with the northeast coast of Africa, known to him by the name "Azania."

    Axim in Ghana had been the stronghold of the Pan-African Movement during the proceedings of the National Congress of British West Africa in March 1920 at Accra. Nkrumah also hosted a subsequent All-African Peoples Conference at Accra in December 1958, at which time the name "Azania" was proposed as a replacement for the name South Africa...
     
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    this is good news in part. all of the remenants of the whites needs to go, including the whites them selves. but the latter will take much time, the center of the city as well as street names should and must be changed-including most importanly the countries name it self.thank u for this post brother Aqil :great:

    peace
     
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