Changing of Street Names

Some of the most popular roads in Joburg CBD will soon be named after well-known heroes of the country’s struggle for liberation as well as to commemorate the 20th anniversary of our democratic transition. The decision to rename 4 streets in down town Joburg and the additional two, was taken by the Mayoral Council. Mayor Parks Tau says the decision to rename the street follows an extensive public consultation process that started in October 2013 and also supported by the Heritage Foundation. The personalities who will be honoured through the renaming of the streets are representatives of the City’s demographics and all have strong historical ties with Johannesburg and its place in the transformation of South Africa.

The following street names will be changed.

Previously known as. Will be renamed as.
Sauer Street
Pixley Seme Street
Bree Street
Lilian Ngoyi Street
President Street
Helen Joseph Street
Noord Street
Sophie de Bruyn Street

Who are these people?

  • Pixley Seme – one of the founders of the ANC, and served as its president (1930-1936). He had a law degree from Oxford University and was the first black lawyer to practice in South Africa.
  • Lilian Ngoyi – a textile worker from Orlando, rose to become the Secretary General of the ANC Woman’s League and National Chairman of the federation of South Africa woman.
  • Helen Joseph – was an indomitable fighter for freedom for 6 decades, as a founding member of the Congress of Democrats and major organizer in Congress of the People in Kliptown in 1955 where the freedom charter was adopted.
  • Sophie Williams de Bruyn – was the youngest of the protest March leaders and the only surviving member to the tumultuous event on 1965. As a founding member of South African Congress of Trade Unions and full time organizer of the Coloured People’s Congress. She continued to serve the a democratic country as Member of Parliament, Deputy Speaker of the Gauteng Legislator also Commission of Gender equality.

In terms of the Councils decisions dual signage containing both old and new names will be retained for a maximum of 12 months to enable members of the community to familiarise themselves with the changes. Maps and street addresses during this period and modern technology will support the transition on GPS and internet platforms.