TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POST
A rather well stated post by the Cruthmullet (Don Clark) on Facebook yesterday with reference to changing PE’s name
So now another wave of South African names, which have served the people of South Africa for hundreds of years, are about to be changed.
Let me state categorically; and this is a fact, not an opinion. You can change the name of Port Elizabeth to Mandela Bay, Verwoerd’s Folly, Gqeberha, or Thiswindisapaininthearse, and it will not FOR ONE MINUTE change the history of this country, or make the people who were marginalized by Apartheid happier, richer, or generally more content.
It will, however, have a huge negative impact on our fiscus because it takes many, many millions of Rands to effect a name change on a practical level. This is money that COULD make the people who were marginalized by Apartheid happier, richer, or generally more content if used to fix all the infrastructure that’s been broken by our useless ANC government.
Name changing is, at best, expensive symbolism in the hands of sulky historians.
But in reality, is just PETTY POLITICAL POSTURING which will serve nobody!
After all, where will it end?
Do these pedantic bureaucrats know that, many centuries ago, the entire continent was named “Africa” by none other than those pesky pink pizza-eating Romans?
So, will they change the name of the continent too?
If so, I suggest we call it Fred.
Don Clarke – THE CRUTCHMULLET
It takes years to build a brand and Port Elizabeth has done a superb job at creating the Port Elizabeth brand. All that is now lost and so they must start again spending millions on re-establishing the brand under a new name tht many will never be able to spell let alone pronounce.
And of courst the cost. It will take well over a year and is going to cost the government, the province and business millions that could have been far better spelt enriching the lives of the poor rather than the pockets of the Tenderpreneurs that are going to emerge from the dark like hungry cockroaches ready to steal as much as they can.