The Challenges of Name Change in South Africa: The Case of Makhado Town

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The Challenges of Name Change in South Africa: The Case of Makhado Town

Show simple item record Musitha, M.E 2017-06-28T09:26:08Z 2017-06-28T09:26:08Z 2016-02-22
dc.description.abstract This was a descriptive and qualitative study that investigated the processes involving citizen participation in the course of the attempts to replace the name Louis Trichardt with the name Makhado. The researcher conducted qualitative and descriptive investigation based on data from literature. The data was collated from literature, i.e. articles, policies, government legislations, ,municipal reports, attendance registers and reports. The data was collected and captured in excel and analyzed with results shown in tables and figures. In terms of results the study has found that Makhado Municipality has widely invited the participation of residents through various platforms. It further revealed that only 6.7% participated in the renaming process. It was also found that 5.1% of residents participated in ward 20 while 49% participated in ward 21. Finally, the study concluded by revealing that the majority of the residents did not participate in the consultation process. In conclusion, the study revealed that the majority of the people failed to participate in the renaming process to change the name Louis Trichardt to Makhado. Low participation by residents rendered the proposed name illegitimate. While wards 20 and 21 are predominantly comprised of whites, only a few come out to participate. Low participation by whites suggests that they still want to defend racial identity because the name Louis Trichardt is that of a historical Afrikaans leader. Whites launched court challenges against the new names to protect whites names. The study recommends 1) use of the names of the people must be prohibited; 2) double-barrel renaming must be encouraged so as to incorporate old names with new names and 3) procedures for name-changing need to be widely publicized so as to ensure that the public is properly informed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Social Sciences en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4;
dc.subject Consultation en_US
dc.subject Citizen Participation en_US
dc.subject Makhado Municipality en_US
dc.subject Chairperson' Association en_US
dc.subject Social Cohesion en_US
dc.title The Challenges of Name Change in South Africa: The Case of Makhado Town en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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