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Refusing to be a puppet

Posted by NicRoets on 3 May 2008 in English (English)

The municipality of Potchefstroom recently decided to rename many of the streets. The old names where completely unremarkable : The name of a river here, a plant name there, perhaps a couple of historical figures dating back to the 17th, 18th or 19th century.

The new names belong without exception to past and current members of the ruling ANC party. The town councilors must feel confident that these freedom fighters turned office bearers will not fall from grace like Kenneth Kaunda and Robert Mugabe. Neither do they see any need for balance, like honoring those who fought the system from within.

Many residents complain. One fought back by erecting a signpost on his own property bearing the old name. I considered various ways to reduce the amount of propaganda that I will upload to OSM and still make a good map. I finally decided to upload the street names exactly as I observed them and to write this diary entry instead.

Location: Potchefstroom, Grimbeekpark, Tlokwe Local Municipality, Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, North West, 2531, SAR

Comment from bruce89 on 3 May 2008 at 01:52

I wonder if the SNP will start renaming roads "Alex Street".

Alex Salmond is the First Minister of Scotland by the way.

I'm not sure why I'm saying this.

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Comment from robx on 3 May 2008 at 07:53

That's awful... But do keep the original names in as old_name.

Cheers
Rob

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