The Department of Transport has identified a number of roads for renaming, and one of them is William Nicol Drive, which will be renamed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Drive Drive.
This was announced by MEC Imail Vadi at the start of Transport Month.
Vadi said, “Gauteng is known for its economic strength and its historical role in the struggle against injustice and for political freedom and democracy. Its road network and public transport infrastructure need to reflect this rich political history and lend itself to promoting an identity that reflects the political heroes and heroines that contributed to the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa.
“The naming of the provincial road network does not seek to remove the past but to promote an identity which is inclusive of all the citizens of the country.”
He named the roads that had been identified for naming or renaming. They include: PWV15, R55, R82, N14, R28, R59, R553, N12 and William Nicol Drive.
“We have noted that the City of Johannesburg had resolved last Thursday that William Nicol Drive be renamed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Drive and the Emfuleni Council has recommended that the R82 be named in honour of Duma Nokwe,” said Vadi.
“These recommendations will be processed by the Gauteng and National Geographic Names Councils for final decision-making.”