Streetcorner in Pretoria

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Florentine Vermeiren on July 11, 2013

Brilliant !!! LIKE

I didn't know Sisulu is the Afrikaanse translation of Prinsloo. LOL

Daan Prinsloo on July 11, 2013

No, actually it is the Xhosa translation. This is the "before" photo and I still need to take the "after" one as well. Groetjes.

Florentine Vermeiren on July 11, 2013

Oh dear! So this was the real streetname and now they're changing all the colonial remains into Xhosa.

Always the same story, the new rulers apply there own rules without respect for history.

Vae Victis

Daan Prinsloo on July 12, 2013

Few people are for obvious reasons really opposed to streetname changes Florentine, but the logic behind many of the changes is often baffling. For example, Church Street (hardly colonial) from Nelson Mandela to Church Square is now Helen Joseph, Church Street, from Nelson Mandela to the R511 is now WF Nkomo, and Church Street from Nelson Mandela to the Botanical Gardens is now Stanza Bopape. Zambezi Drive, also hardly colonial, was changed to Sefako Makgatho. Then there are really British colonial town and street names that remain unchanged, while Queen Wilhelmina Drive was changed to Florence Ribeiro and Beatrix Street to Steve Biko. It is the frequently silliness of some changes that some find hard to understand. Groetjes.

Florentine Vermeiren on July 12, 2013

Jealousy because not able to accomplish great things themselves is the reason for the the sad habit of the new rulers to change historical places in meaningless names.

eg. When I was in Turkey, I have searched in vain for the places that have played such a large role in the conquests of Alexander the Great and guess what?

The place where the famous Battle of Issus took place, where Alexander the Great Darius defeated, in 333 BC, is now called Dörtyol. Means "crossroads" literally four roads. Exit Issus.

Halicarnassus of ancient times and famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Exit Halicarnassus it’s now Bodrum which simply means basement.

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Photo taken in Pretoria Central, Pretoria, South Africa

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