- The public has been asked to weigh in on the process of renaming William Nicol Drive in Johannesburg
- The City of Johannesburg has decided to rename the road after late struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
- Geoff Makhubo, Mayor of Johannesburg, announced on Saturday the opening of the public participation process
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The City of Johannesburg is setting out the process for renaming a road in the city after struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Briefly.co.za learned that the plan is to rename William Nicol Drive in honour of Winnie and the public has been asked to participate in the process.
Geoff Makhubo, Mayor of Johannesburg, announced on Saturday (which fell upon Madikizela-Mandela's 84th birthday) that the process would begin according to News 24.
"We are at the Fourways Memorial at the Mandela Estate to remember and pay our respects to the freewoman of the City of Johannesburg, the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela."
"She would have been 84 years today and we thought, as the City of Johannesburg, to come and pay our respects and officially launch the start of a public participation process to rename William Nicol after a motion of council was passed a year and a half ago in order to honour Winnie Madikizela-Mandela," Makhubo said.
William Nicol Drive was originally named after a Dutch Reformed minister.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that four airports face possible name changes after transport minister Fikile Mbalula responded to a parliamentary question posed by the EFF.
EFF MP Nontando Nolutshungu had asked if the government would change the name of Cape Town International Airport to Winnie Mandela Airport.
Mbalula revealed that Cape Town International Airport, East London Airport, Port Elizabeth International Airport and Kimberley Airport were being considered.
In other news, the Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema has weighed in with his views on the ANC's decision to force members facing serious charges to step aside.
Malema slammed the policy as illegal and even unconstitutional recently while addressing the media outside of the Randburg Magistrate's Court.
In other news, the Road Accident Fund is seeking to secure a 'finance facility' in order to cover a staggering R17 billion in unpaid claims with some claimants waiting over 5 years for relief.
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