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The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Geoffrey Makhubo has encouraged residents and all interested and affected stakeholders in the City to participate in the renaming process of William Nicol Drive.
 
The process officially commences on Monday, 29 March 2021 and will run until Freedom Day which is 27 April 2021. 
 
“We encourage residents and all affected parties to share their comments or representations on the renaming of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Drive. After our struggle icon and mother of the nation.” 

This process follows announcements we made on 26 September 2020, as we marked what would have been her 84th birthday. 

Initial commentary and responses to this initiative were encouraging and positive. The public’s participation process is now an opportunity for residents to officially voice out their views as set out in the city’s approved policy on the naming of streets and other public places.
 
“Names carry history. They say something about those whose contributions are deemed worthy of a public and multigenerational memory. These are by their very nature contentious and that is why they must always be treated with the sensitivity they deserve” said Mayor Makhubo.
 
“This renaming of one of the City’s iconic landmarks is a result of council’s commitment to social transformation and cohesion. It symbolises the immeasurable commitment of Mama Winnie to the struggle for humanity and liberation of our country” said Mayor Makhubo. 
 
Any person who wishes to make any comments in respect of this renaming may do so by submitting their inputs in writing to the Arts and Culture Heritage Office (ACH), 2 Helen Joseph Street, Joburg Newtown Building.
 
The City council will consider all comments before a final decision is taken on renaming of road. 

We trust and hope that our residents will participate fully in the said process.
 

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For Media Enquiries 
Mlimandlela Ndamase
Director: Mayoral Communications
MlimandlelaN@joburg.org.za
083 480 0014