William Nicol changed to Winnie Mandela Drive
Don’t get lost driving around Joburg’s northern suburbs. William Nicol Drive has now changed to Winnie Mandela Drive
The City of Johannesburg has officially unveiled the new street signs as it changes William Nicol Drive to Winnie Mandela Drive.
The name change falls on what would have been the late ANC apartheid activist’s 87th birthday.
GOODBYE WILLIAM NICOL, HELLO WINNIE MANDELA DRIVE
Last month the City finally moved to pass a motion to implement a resolution made back in 2021.
Both the EEF and the ANC in Johannesburg credit themselves for the idea.
Executive Mayor, @KabeloGwamanda now takes to the stage to deliver his address on behalf of the City of Johannesburg #WinnieMandelaDrive #JoburgLive #JoburgRoads #JoburgRoadSafety #JHBTraffic ^NJ pic.twitter.com/fhAdNOlKVM
— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) September 26, 2023
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Joburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda says the name change is an assurance that current and future generations know of the struggle stelwart and of the country’s history.
“Its about building a resilient future where our past is never forgotten. This is the step towards dismantling the remnants of oppression.” says Gwamanda
“My role is to ensure that we never forget who we are and where we come from”, the mayor adds.
WHO IS WINNE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA?
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was an apartheid activist and second wife to late former President Nelson Mandela.
Madikizela-Mandela was one of the longest serving leaders of the ANC’s Women’s League, staying in office from 1993 till 2003 before being succeeded by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqankula.
She also served as the deputy minister of Sports, Art and Culture, Science and Technology from 1994 till 1996.
At the time of her death in 2018, she was a member of Parliament’s National Aassembly.