According to reports, Airports Company SA (Acsa) spokesperson Deidre Davids said Transport Minister Blade Nzimande had directed the company to facilitate the process of changing the airport’s name to Nelson Mandela International Airport to honour the country’s icon.
Said Davids: “The renaming of the airport will follow a due process. Key to this will be following all statutory requirements and a series of stakeholder engagements, including a public participation process."
'Acsa confirms that Nzimande directed the company on 22 March 2018 to facilitate the process of changing the name of Cape Town International Airport to Nelson Mandela International Airport,' Davids said.
A report on IOL states that the Department of Transport spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said 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.
Apart from Nelson and Winnie Mandela, among the other liberation icons on the list to be considered were Albertina Sisulu and Robert Sobukwe. Some South Africans, strangely, don't seem satisfied with the decision and have subsequently started a petition to reconsider the naming:
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