South Africans talk to Gqeberha, the new name for Port Elizabeth

South Africans talk to Gqeberha, the new name for Port Elizabeth
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Many South Africans have embraced the change, although mastering the pronunciation of ‘Gqeberha’ has not been easy for non-Xhosa speakers.

“Most South Africans will take a while to learn to pronounce the new name, especially white South Africans,” Kwena Moabelo, 46, told CNN on Thursday.

“But it is a good measure to keep the indigenous names and languages ​​of South Africa alive,” Moabelo added.

South African Art and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the name change on Wednesday, along with other changes to city names and public infrastructure.

In a statement Thursday, Mthethwa said: “The name needed to be changed as it is part of a government program to transform South Africa’s heritage landscape. The names of the places where we live reflect the …

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