16November2018

Siyanda District Municipality changes its name to ZF Mgcawu District Municipality

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The Siyanda District is changing its name to ZF Mgcawu District. This process that started in 2010 was proclaimed by the Northern Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs, Mr MK Mmoiemang.
Siyanda District has for years been known as the ‘green Kalahari’, by those living in its borders as well as those outside. The name "Siyanda" is an African Name and simply means- ‘we are growing’. It is just aptly so that Siyanda is now growing to honour one of its children who were not only a freedom fighter who dedicated his life to the fight against the apartheid system, but served his people and communities until his passing in July 2001.
The Name change process started in 2010 until its advertisement in the Provincial Government Gazette, 22 October 2012, notice 14 of 2012.The Siyanda Council then decided that the name change will be implemented on 01 July 2013.
ZF Mgcawu might be difficult for the untrained tongue to pronounce, but will soon become very easy to do, especially if one knows the person behind the name. Mr Zwelentlanga Fatman Mgcawu was commonly known as Fatman born and bred in Pabalello. He was a man with many talents, such as his tertiary education from the University of Cape Town where he obtained a qualification in drama and Acting. He was a passionate actor and comedian and sought to train the youth to impact their skills and aid in opening opportunities for them. Not only was he an avid politician and active in church, but he was also the 1st black Mayor of the 1st democratic election in 1996.
ZF Mgcawu served his community through poverty alleviation projects and was also involved in the development of the Upington Airport. Recently Brug Street in Upington has also been changed to ZF Mgcawu Street
Whilst many will have to get use to the name change, a district named after a man who can only be described as a family and community man, is truly a district that can place their family and communities first. It is a district where one can truly say that they are no longer growing, but that they have become a full grown district with a breadth of potential and opportunities and a place where all are inclusive.

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