A street by any other name

11 May 2018 | Government

The renaming of a number of streets was approved by City Council during a recent council meeting.

“Street names provide a sense of direction, a sense of neighbourly belonging and are an important component of residential address,” said the City's Scheifert Shigwedha at a media briefing.

He said that Anna Mungunda Street in Academia Ext. 2 will be changed to Nicodemus Kvikunua after it was found that a street in her honour already exists in Katutura.

The theme for street names in Academia Ext. 1 and 2 is to honour national heroes and heroines.

In Katutura, Klaagliedere and Kronieke streets will be altered to honour bishop Asaria Kamburona. According to Shigwedha, Klaag-liedere was named along a Biblical theme. “Unfortunately it has a negative connotation, and thus does not fit well with the progressive society that we all strive for,” he said. The bishop was a resident of Kronieke Street and therefore it was decided to merge both streets in his name.

“Council is also considering renaming a street in Windhoek in honour of the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela,” he said.

Other street names that will change in due course are Bach, Feld, Tuin, Dan, Genesis, Bismark and Delfos.

In other news, government last Friday honoured Angola's founding president, Agostinho Neto, by renaming Ausspannplatz Circle to Dr António Agostinho Neto Square, which is located opposite Angola House.

Speaking at the event, President Hage Geingob said Agostinho Neto must be remembered for the great example that he set as a leader. “Renaming the square is a token of appreciation for the courageous role he played in shaping our region and our country in particular.”

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