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    Friday, 15 March 2019

    Mixed feelings over new Beitbridge names

    Beitbridge Mayor Morgan Ncube.


    BEITBRIDGE - Beitbridge Town which had one suburb over the years, now has 12 after the local authority subdivided the metropolitan and came up with new names for the subdivisions.
    Before this development which was announced last week, the postal address for all houses under the border town fell under Dulivhadzimu. New names have been gazetted and Town Clerk, Loud Ramakgapola confirmed the development in a telephone interview with The Mirror.
    However, there are mixed feelings among the residents over the new names with some claiming that they were not consulted while others complained that names given to some low density suburbs were not appropriate. They said some of the names can only be suitable for high density suburbs.
    Ramakgapola said they used clan names and those of traditional leaders in naming the suburbs.
    He said that the names came through a resolution passed between 2012 and 2013 that there was a committee of elders to name streets. He added that the MP for Beitbridge East by then Kembo Mohadi was involved in the consultations and representatives from the community that were in the committee were consulted.
    Many residents who contacted Two Nations said they are not aware of such a process. They said they were never consulted and suggested that the local authority should at least have advertised the process so that residents could participate.
    The names of the new suburbs are Milayo Industrial Area, Limpopo View, Matibe, Tshidixwa, Kwalu1, Kwalu 2, Mabidi, Madinginye, Vhembe View, Dulivhadzimo, Staunze and Siyoka.
    “There is a circular from the Ministry of Local Government with guidelines on what can be used to name streets or suburbs, that is traditional leaders or traditional names for example. You cannot name a suburb after a living person except for a President and that is the criteria that we used. We looked at the local traditional names like Sitaudze, Matibe and other local names like Mulalo. We also looked at the original inhabitants of the town in terms of Venda names,” said Ramakgapola.
    Beitbridge Mayor Morgan Ncube could not be reached on his mobile by the time of going to Press.
    “Our worry is that for a low density area, you cannot give some such indigenous names, (Vhembe view). The suburb loses value, the name is too indigenous, it does not get takers.
    “The suburb should have remained Baobab the unofficial name that residents gave it.
    Baobab and Limpopo are local names; the river Limpopo and the common  tree found locally. Limpopo View was not changed and Baobab should have been used on one of the low density suburbs,” said one of the residents.
    They (residents) said most of the names given to suburbs are only suitable as street names. They said that names of suburbs must be more metropolitan and accommodates all shades of people like Limpopo view.

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