Cape Town International Airport

ACSA calls for public input as four airports are set to be renamed

“Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Airport” might just see the light of day.

Cape Town International Airport

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema might have just set the ball rolling, as four of the country’s airports – including Cape Town International – are set to be renamed in the not so distant future.

The red berets leader caused a stir during the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral in April, when he called for the renaming of the airport in the Mother City to the struggle icon’s name, a demand that was received well by the public, which largely supported the call.

ACSA later announced that the airport would indeed be renamed after a Mandela, but not the one suggested by Juju – instead her late ex-husband, Nelson.

On Thursday, Fin24 reported that Cape Town International, along with three other airports are set for name changes, as the company overseeing them will be accepting name suggestions from the public in the coming weeks.

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Two of the airports in question are situated in the Eastern Cape in Port Elizabeth International and East London Airport, which was formerly known as Ben Schoeman.

The fourth airport in the list of those set for a name change is Kimberly in the Northern Cape.

According to ACSA, the name changes are being brought about to reflect the country’s diversity, in line with the company’s transformation and heritage programme, having already renamed OR Tambo and King Shaka international airports.

The window for suggestions will only be open until Wednesday, 6 June and all suggestions must be sent by email to

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