"I was honoured to have known and stood alongside Kgosana during the darkest days of apartheid and drew from his determination as we fought together to realise freedom, justice, and equality for the people of our country," explained De Lille in a statement earlier this year.
Heard approached the city with the proposal last year. “My proposal in changing of the name had nothing to do with politics but peaceful disciplined protest and courage. During my time as a journalist I had witnessed Kgosana leading a huge protest from Langa to the CBD that led to the closure of businesses and schools. He stood up to say enough is enough," expressed Heard at the unveiling ceremony.The citizens were asked to comment on the name change. The council also held a meeting to discussed the proposed name change. According to Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Brett Herron, the decision was unanimous.
"Naming and renaming is part of building an inclusive city. This means things like road names and markers need to reflect the diversity of Capetonians," explained Herron in a previous interview. Need some more cash at the end of the month? Why don't you start saving on your car insurance today?
"A lot of heat is being made about the name changes and how much it will cost, but this is all temporary."