English: Power and authority appear to underlie changes in nomenclature resulting from a need to
assure and convince the supporters of a new rregime that names which previously symbolised
their oppression and domination have become unacceptable and must be replaced
by names suiting the ethos of the new, liberating dispensation. New symbols are generated
to ensure the acceptability of the new regime and to reflect the new collective values
and history which will be prioritised and considered to be of importance. The symbolism
underlying changes in nomenclature and the ANC’s realisation of the significance of renaming
form the main focus of this article, which is based mainly on newspaper sources.
Throughout South Africa the tangible symbolism of the success story of liberation may be
identified: in street names commemorating the “terrorists” of the previous era, in the decolonisation
of the names of provinces, and in other indisputable testimony that — by
means of changes in nomenclature, inter alia — this country has also finally become
inherently part of Africa.