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