South African Transport minister Fikile Mbalula revealed during a parliamentary Q&A that the government is considering renaming a few of the country’s airports.
Mbalula said his department is reviewing a report which includes the outcome of public submissions with respect to the renaming of Cape Town International Airport. Mbalula also confirmed that Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has also embarked on a project to rename East London Airport, Port Elizabeth International Airport and Kimberley Airport.
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Mbalula said that ACSA appointed an independent public participation consultant to facilitate a transparent public participation process.
“A report outlining the methodology undertaken in ensuring a transparent public participation process, as well as the outcome of proposals, has been submitted to the Department of Transport and is being considered by the department.”
The report also considers the following issues:
- Print media and radio broadcasts to solicit name proposals
- The public hearing event
- How comments were collected and the results of the public input
- The process to rename Cape Town International Airport has now ‘reached the end’ of its public response phase. Winnie Mandela International Airport was suggest back in 2019.
- Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has said that airports in both Port Elizabeth and Kimberley are part of a renaming project.
- Meanwhile, ACSA are also involved with the Eastern Cape’s bid to rename East London Airport as King Phalo Airport.
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