Cape Town - Following a request to rename Keizersgracht in District Six to its historical name of Hanover Street, Mayor Dan Plato has now called on residents and interested and affected parties to share their views as part of an official public participation process.
"With the legacy of Apartheid still present in many aspects of our daily lives, we need to be mindful of the ways in which we can contribute to addressing the wrongs that were committed. One such way is to restore historical names of places, streets and facilities that may have been changed during Apartheid," Plato said.
"While there are many hardships that people will remember, there are some names that bring joy to our communities, and with that the memories that have positive associations.
"The City recently received a proposal for Keizersgracht in District Six to be renamed Hanover Street.
"The forced removals that took place during Apartheid will always bring painful memories to those who resided in District Six.