I heard on the news this week that unemployment here in sunny South Africa is currently running at 72% which means that my tax is supporting a hell of a lot of people!
But in all this we still manage to create a sizable workforce which doesn’t really contribute to the productivity of our economy.
The current government/municipal authorities are still hell bent on changing street names so that they reflect names of those that were involved in the “struggle”. I have included a list of street names changing in Pretoria for those that live there or need to travel to the other side of the Boerewors Curtain. Personally I don’t know the majority of the names and when I asked my Black colleagues to help me they actually did worse than what I had done!
The bottom line here is that the changing of the names is costing the ratepayers of Pretoria more than R26 million! On the one hand we have the council complaining that they don’t have any funds available for upgrading some of the essential services that are desperately needed in some of the previously disadvantaged communities yet they have funds to waste on a street name change exercise.
I would rather have running water, sewerage that works and doesn’t flood the street on a daily basis, the garbage being collected, removal of road kill etc, than knowing I now live in Kgosi Mampuru street and no longer in Potgieter street.
The picture below shows how the municipality is doing there part against unemployment. A quick count seems to have at least 25 (yes twenty five!!) laborer’s involved with the placing of red tape over the old street name. There is also one truck in the background for transporting this crowd to the next street name pole. So the council should be commended for doing their part, and putting food on the tables of all the families. They mustn’t lose any sleep over the fact that my monthly contribution to their coffers to pay for the street name change and a very productive work force, is removing food from my table, and that I must now explain to the kids why they are hungry when going to bed. (Not yet, but if we carry on it will be so 🙂 )
|OLD NAME||NEW NAME|
|Andries Street||Thabo Sehume|
|Beatrix Street||Steve Biko|
|Charles Street||Justice Mohammed|
|Church Street – From Nelson Mandela Church Square||Helen Joseph|
|Church Street – From Nelson Mandela to R511||WF Nkomo|
|Church Street – From Nelson Mandela to the East||Stanza Bopape|
|Church Street – From R511 to West||Elias Motswaledi|
|DF Malan Drive||E’skia Mphahlele|
|Duncan Street||Jan Shoba|
|Esselen Street||Robert Sobukwe|
|Genl Louis Botha Drive||January Masilela|
|Hans Strijdom Drive||Solomon Mahlangu|
|Hendrik Verwoerd Drive||Johan Heyns|
|Jacob Mare Street||Jeff Masemola|
|Leah Mangope Street||Peter Mogano|
|Lucas Mangope Street||Molefe Makinta|
|Mears Street||Steve Biko|
|Michael Brink Street||Nico Smith|
|Mitchell Street||Charlotte Maxeke|
|Potgieter Street||Kgosi Mampuru|
|Proes Street||Johannes Ramokhoase|
|Queen Wilhelmina Drive||Florence Ribeiro|
|Schoeman Street||Frances Baard|
|Schubart Street||Sophie de Bruyn|
|Skinner Street||Nana Sita|
|Van der Walt Street||Lilian Ngoyi|
|Voortrekker Street||Steve Biko|
|Walker Street||Justice Mohammed|
|Zambezi Drive||Sefako Makgatho|
With these changes I wonder who decided to split Church Street into 4 different names?
We already have a Nelson Mandela so why now have a Madiba street? And Madiba isn’t the real name for Nelson Mandela either!