What waste?

16 May

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 🙂 )





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
Prinsloo Street Sisulu
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
Vermeulen Street Madiba
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!



Posted by on 16/05/2012 in South Africa


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10 responses to “What waste?

  1. adinparadise

    16/05/2012 at 11:31

    South Africa has the most expensive ‘cheap labour’ in the world. ;(

  2. adinparadise

    16/05/2012 at 11:35

    Point Road Durban…. Mahatma Gandhi
    Broadway………..Swapo Road etc. etc.

  3. 68ghia

    16/05/2012 at 11:55

    3 Steve Biko’s?
    How on earth are they going to know which one to choose?
    You should hear my son – he works just off Kerkplein.
    Personally I think they’re a bunch of bloody morons – more inclined to force their idiot will on the residents of probably the last bastion of Afrikaners than to look after their own people.
    Way to prove a point you stupid freaks!!
    I should not read about this – it’s getting my panties in such a knot you can’t believe!!

  4. colonialist

    16/05/2012 at 12:19

    That lot can actually put in a red line without outside help? Wow. Bet they got it skew, though.

    This issue got me blogging in the first place. It is stupid, wasteful, and provocatively ‘in your face’. It also infuriates me that names of people involved in actual history and development of the city for the benefit of all are being replaced by various obscure individuals many of whom had very questionable positive contributions to make towards ‘the struggle’.

    • paul

      17/05/2012 at 09:16

      Know how you feel!
      Think there are tons of things that the government and councils get up to just to get a reaction from the whites. They want us to react then they have an excuse to close more doors in our faces saying we deserve it.
      So far not one black here at work can tell me about half of the people that streets are being renamed to. When I mentioned to a colleague that my gardener was in the Steve Biko hospital he had no idea of what I was talking about (blank stare). But when I said HF Verwoerd hospital he knew exactly where and what I was talking about.
      Make one think doesn’t it?

  5. Pussycat44

    16/05/2012 at 13:09

    It makes my blood boil!

  6. b2800

    17/05/2012 at 09:11

    Lol – Had a problem remembering “indigenous” names in the Army a few years ago – It got me into a lot of trouble and fitness drills. I still can’t remember most of these names by hand; it’s going to be interesting explaining directions if ever asked for by a tourist.

    • paul

      17/05/2012 at 09:27

      My GPS isnt updated and I dont think Google is going to be updated for some time.
      I am normally bad with street names, and my family accept that I normally just say go past 4 robots, turn left, then at the T junction turn right….
      No street names there!!

  7. Ruth2Day

    20/05/2012 at 13:11

    I think there should be a by-law to prevent streets being named after people. The outrage and annoyance it causes is so not needed, rather we put the same effort into finding solutions to unemployment.

    • paul

      20/05/2012 at 16:29

      Just imagine the confusion when the ANC is out of power and someone else takes over. New names to keep the voters happy again!!


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