We (Masood, MJ and I) were going home yesterday via North Coast Road, which has now changed names to Chris Hani Road, and Masood thought aloud "Why didn't they just change the name to animal names. Surely noone would have issue with Leopard Street." A good point, but I think the whole reason for the name change was to immortalise the names of people who were involved in the apartheid struggle. I could be wrong, cos I don't recognize half the names, but that could be due to my own limited knowledge on the apartheid struggle.
I have few issues with the name change, besides the confusing aspect, and non-acknowledgement of the new names, my main issue is the unnecessary amounts of money used for sign boards etc. The community would be better served by building more homeless shelters, or finding more ways to increase employment opportunities. A beggar doesn't care if he is begging at Florence Nzama or Prince Alfred.
Anyway I proffered to the guys, maybe we should get our streets to be sponsored, like change the name of West Street to Coca Cola Street. That way Coke can pay for all the name change costs and its good advertising for them (not that they need it). Masood said maybe then we will get some really rich guys sponsoring their own streets, like personalised numberplates. Eg. MO786 Avenue, 4U2NV Grove etc.
Another funny thing regarding the street name change, one Friday lecture, the lecturer was highlighting all the current the plight of the Muslims, and how it was a punishment for us due to us disobeying Allah. One of our current problems that he highlighted was the street name changes. Ok I know the street name changes are annoying, but I seriously doubt they are a punishment from Allah for our sinful ways. Allahu Alam
Till next time in Waseem world.