No more Queen Wilhelmina street. But Pretoria looks set to keep its name (instead of Tshwane), but about 27 street names in South Africa's capital will change, City Press reports.
This is said to be the ANC’s “offer” in behind-the-scenes negotiations over the controversial name change battle, Beeld newspaper reported. The council announced in 2008 that the names of many streets “that were offensive because of their colonial and apartheid associations” had been identified.
Among them the street honouring Queen Wilhelmina, a staunch supporter of the 'Boer' republics in their fight against the British.There is also a Beatrix street among the offensive street names, but it bears no relation to the Dutch queen as erroneously reported earlier. The street is named after Beatrix Dory Meintjes. (http://www.rekord.co.za/story.aspx?lan=Afr&sid=29226) © GPD; Source: City Press