n Journal for Contemporary History - Pretoria or Tshwane? The politics of name changes

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Shakespeare once questioned the importance attached to a name because he argued that a rose with a different name would smell just as sweet. With reference to the prospective name change of Pretoria to Tshwane it is however undoubtedly true that for many this name change will be a matter of "not smelling so sweet". The ongoing process of name changes that are taking place in South Africa is drawing strong response from many quarters.

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