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Cape Town International Airport Might Be Renamed After Mam' Winnie

"While the Department of Transport, with the Department of Arts and Culture, is still in the consultation process, Minister Blade Nzimande believes that it is important that such an important airport of national, regional and worldwide significance should be named after one of our liberation icons who fought tirelessly against white supremacy and apartheid", Mnisi told the publication.

The renaming of the airport has received a lot of public attention, since Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema called for the worldwide port of entry to be named after Madikizela-Mandela during her funeral on Saturday.

"Winnie Madikizela-Mandela International Airport is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers scheduled passenger services".

In March this year, stakeholders had already discussed the re-naming of the airport.

Some travellers like the idea of the airport being renamed but have varying views on which struggle icon's name should grace the port of entry.

However, the naming is not yet a done deal.

Under developments, the entry said: "In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela International Airport was extensively expanded and renovated".

The transport ministry canvassed a number of names internally and in media as options for the airport. Among these suggestions, Capetonians named Zainunnisa "Cissie" Gool and Dulcie September.

Department of Transport spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said yesterday the renaming was in keeping with the centenary celebrations of the late statesman, and there had been consultations over the name since the start of the year.

According to Nzimande, Government will work to ensure that the consultation process is sped up and concluded within the next few months.

The Cape Town International Airport entry was changed on Wikipedia nearly immediately after Malema's speech.

The airport will soon undergo an upgrade that could cost R7-billion in total which is set to be completed in 2021.



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