CAPE TOWN – The Arts and Culture Department has received more than 300 objections to the proposed renaming of Grahamstown.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa released a publication show that the approval of the renaming in the Government Gazette late last month. The Eastern Cape town could be named in honour of Xhosa warrior Makhanda.
The objections range from concerns over cost implications and says that there were a lack of consultations.
Last month, however, the department said the local municipality held public talks which has also dealt with possibly changing street names.
The town is being renamed after Makhanda, who was also known as Nxele. He was a Xhosa warrior, philosopher, prophet and military man who fought against colonialism. Makhanda led an attack against the British garrison in 1819.