The group at the ceremonial handover of the approval to rename Saasveld Road to Madiba Drive on Saturday 18th July, Mandela Day. Photo: Supplied.
GEORGE NEWS FLASH - In honour of late president Nelson Mandela, NMMU George Campus Principal Prof Quinton Johnson was honoured to receive the official response letter to the renaming of Saasveld Road on Saturday 18 July.
George Municipality decided to rename Saasveld Road to Madiba Drive in October last year.
The council resolution was implemented with the ceremonial handover held in honour of Nelson Mandela and officiated by George Mayor Charles Standers, Alderman De Swardt as chairman of the Homage Committee and Gert Niehaus, councillor for Ward 17.
Johnson read the official letter to the group and said it was an historic moment for the university and one that allows for a connection with the community in a symbolic and powerful way.
The university is developing the rich tradition and history of the area and the renaming strengthens the bond to the city of George and the George Municipality.
Mayor Standers indicated that the official renaming will take place at a later date and that affected citizens and businesses along Saasveld Road will be given a grace period until 28 February 2016 to change their details and signage.
Present at the ceremonial handover of the approval to rename Saasveld Road to Madiba Drive on Saturday 18th July, Mandela Day are from left: Peter Noble, George Municipal Corporate Services; Councillor Guildford Sihoyiya; Executive Mayor of George, Ald. Charles Standers; Chief Whip and Chairperson of the Homage Committee, Flip De Swardt; Prof Johnson, NMMU Campus Principal; Portfolio Councillor for Community Safety, Iona Kritzinger and Ward Councillor for Ward 8, Gert Niehaus. Photo: Supplied.
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