The History behind the Street Sign Malibongwe Drive that Connets Randburg with Northgate

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While driving we rarely look up at the street names and wonder how they got their names or the history behind it, why people or government changed it to the name it is or was and the controversy behind it. Malibongwe Drive is a street name allocated in the Randburg area it connects Randburg with Northgate. This street sign was previously called Hans Strijdom Drive, this was the surname of the Afrikaner nationalist and one of the people who created the apartheid era. Malibongwe Drive has a lot behind its name like its links in history, the controversy and why it was given the name. The history behind the street sign malibongwe drive is that it is linked to and refers to the swarms of women who marched to the union buildings in Pretoria. They marched there in protest against having to carry pass books. While marching they created and sang the an iconic saying or chant of today and well known and remembered “you strike a women you strike a rock.” They changing of the name was because the government did not want to honour a person who created the separation of many people, their families, downgraded people because of their race and took away their rights and advantages. The Johannesburg Development Agency oversaw the renaming. The chief executive Lael Bethlehem said, “today we have a cause for a real celebration, this is a small justice, some wrong put to right.” The government felt that to really move forward away from apartheid they needed to remove the honouring of the

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