Progress on proposal to rename Commissioner Street

Monday, February 25, 2013

Johannesburg – Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says the proposal to rename Commissioner Street in the Johannesburg CBD has been tabled before the Gauteng Geographical Names Committee.

Mokonyane said the proposal, which would see Commissioner Street being named after struggle icon Albertina Sisulu, was under discussion whilst further consultations were pursued. 

In a media briefing after the State of the Province Address, Mokonyane described Sisulu as a gallant woman, who had inspired the development of the nation and had played a major role in the emancipation of all women.

She said the provincial government was working with the City of Johannesburg to finalise the renaming process in this financial year.

The R21 near the OR Tambo International Airport has already been named after Sisulu, who was a founding member of the ANC Women's League. She also helped to organise the Women's March in 1956 to the Union Buildings against the pass laws.

Meanwhile, the premier announced plans to ensure the citizens of the province travel with easy with an integrated transport system.

"We are also working closely with our municipalities to see the continued expansion of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Johannesburg and the launch in Tshwane.

“Planning is being undertaken in the City of Ekurhuleni to introduce a BRT system as well," said Mokonyane, adding that they will seek to ensure the local production of the new BRT systems.

The province was also making improvements on several roads, such as the reconstruction on William Nicol; the reconstruction and upgrading of the R55 (Voortrekker Road) to a dual carriageway road between Olievenhoutbosch and Pretoria West; the rehabilitation of the remaining section between Main Road and Maunde Street in Atteridgeville and improvement of the remaining section of the Old Pretoria to Cullinan road between the Chris Hani Flats and Cullinan, among others. -