Posted on March 14, 2005

S.Africa Mulls Property Name Changes

Reuters, Mar. 4

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa will soon table a law forcing owners to change names given to private properties that could be offensive, a government official says.

More than 10 years after the end of white rule, South Africa has embarked on a sweeping programme to change official place names deemed derogatory, racist or too reminiscent of the country’s apartheid past.

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Ndimo said more than 57,000 place names still needed to be changed with priority given to major centres.

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