Since finding out about all the new Xhosa names for popular areas in the Eastern Cape, many have been concerned about how to pronounce them.
But how is it pronounced tho?
— Alfie Solomons’ heir (@AlfredoTaGinci) February 24, 2021
please can someone send me a twitter vn thingie pronouncing it ???????????????????? https://t.co/Zc5ThYev45
— foyin ???? (@foyinog) February 23, 2021
How the fuck am I supposed to pronounce these names?! pic.twitter.com/xm9vhGLABy
— Roman Cabanac (@RomanCabanac) February 23, 2021
Thanks to the internet, that concern was short-lived.
The Citizen recently hit the streets on your behalf to find out how to pronounce all the new names. Check out the video above.
Comedian The Kiffness (David Scott) also created a video tutorial to the tune of Miriam Makeba’s iconic ‘Qongqothwane,’ popularly known as ‘The Click Song.’
“If I can get the clicks, I promise you, anyone can,” said Scott.
People who think Cape Town is cliquey have clearly never been to Gqeberha, Qonce & Nqanqarhu.
— David Scott (@TheKiffness) February 24, 2021
Been blown away by the response to this. Thanks everyone. If I can get the clicks, I promise you, anyone can.
Mandela was right when he said “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
— David Scott (@TheKiffness) February 25, 2021
In a statement issued on Thursday, 25 February, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthetwa announced the name changes in the Eastern Cape and said the transformation of the naming landscape in South Africa was “a critical component of the heritage landscape as a whole.”
“There was a need for the name changes as this is part of a government programme to transform South Africa’s heritage landscape. The names of places we live in reflect the identity and cultural heritage of the people of South Africa,” he said. He added that more name changes were on the way.