Mooiplaas name change

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has announced a series of new name changes for towns and villages in South Africa. Photo: My South Africa

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The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has announced a series of new name changes for towns and villages in South Africa.

Mooiplaas name change

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has announced a series of new name changes for towns and villages in South Africa. Photo: My South Africa

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has confirmed FIVE new name changes for towns in South Africa.

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The changes, which according to the BusinessTech website were gazetted on Friday, 26 August, impact four towns and villages in the Eastern Cape province and one in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Meanwhile, SEVEN other areas (all in the Eastern Cape) have had new names officially registered in terms of the South African Geographical Names Council Act.

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“There was a need for the name changes as this is part of a government programme to transform South Africa’s heritage landscape. The names of places we live in reflect the identity and cultural heritage of the people of South Africa,” said minister Nathi Mthethwa.

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List of name changes:

Old nameNew nameGeographical feature and area
Morgan’s BayGxarhaCoastal Town (Eastern Cape)
CradockNxubaTown (Eastern Cape)
MooiplaasKhwenxurhaAmalgamation of villages (Eastern Cape)
PomercySolomon LindaVillage (KwaZulu-Natal)
Komga RiverQumrha RiverRiver (Eastern Cape)
NewThembalethu Peace VillageVillage (Eastern Cape)
NewSiyathembaHuman Settlement (Eastern Cape)
NewHappy ValleyHuman Settlement (Eastern Cape)
NewNomgxekiTownship (Eastern Cape)
NewMzomhleSuburb (Eastern Cape)
NewSiviweSuburb (Eastern Cape)
NewMthetheleli Ngumbela DriveRoad Segment (Eastern Cape)

In February 2021, Nathi Mthethwa announced a number of name changes in the Eastern Cape which he said at the time were for transformation purposes.

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Some of the more notable changes included:

  • Port Elizabeth to Gqeberha
  • Uitenhage to Kariega
  • King Williamstown to Qonce
  • East London Airport to King Phalo Airport
  • Port Elizabeth Airport to Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport