CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato on Wednesday welcomed the decision that will see District Six revert to its original, historic name after decades of being called Zonnebloem.
"The approval of Zonnebloem to reclaim its original name of District Six is part of restoring the identity of the neighbourhood and gives a measure of closure for former residents who were forcefully removed from the area decades ago," Plato said.
He said the decision, which has now been gazetted after it was announced by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday, was another step towards restoring the dignity of those who lived in the historic neighbourhood on the edge of the city, before their forced removal by the apartheid regime.
"This is another milestone in restoring District Six after the Cape Town city council approved the name change of Keizergracht to the original Hanover Street in August."
Plato said the city remained committed to supporting the restitution process in District Six and in that regard welcomed the redevelopment plan submitted by land reform minister Thoko Didiza to the land claims court."