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The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has launched a campaign calling for proposals to rename four of South Africa’s airports. 

Cape Town International Airport, East London Airport, Port Elizabeth International Airport and Kimberley Airport will all be renamed, Acsa spokesperson Hulisani Rasivhaga said in a statement. 

EFF leader Julius Malema called for the Cape Town airport to be renamed to honour Winnie Madikizela-Mandela during a tribute at her funeral at Orlando Stadium in April. 

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Many social media users have been sharing screenshots of emails they’ve sent to Acsa calling on the airport to be named after the struggle icon. 

Here’s how it will work to rename Cape Town International: 

1. Appeal to the public for proposals for the name change

Members of the public have until June 6 to make proposals for Cape Town International’s name change. It should be sent to corporate.affairs@airports.co.za by close of business on Wednesday or hand-delivered to an Acsa office at your nearest airport.

2. The provincial Geographical Names Provincial Committee will work through the proposals 

Once public comment for the name change closes, the proposals will be sent to provincial geographical names committees. “These committees will verify that the applications comply with the guidelines in the national Handbook on Geographical Names,” Rasivhaga says. This includes checking that the name is not offensive or a duplication of an existing one.

3. The South African Geographical Names Council (SAGNC) will recommend appropriate names 

The provincial committee will forward the name proposals to the SAGNC, which will then take a decision on a name recommendation for the airport, which will be forwarded to the minister of arts and culture for final approval.

4. The national minister will gazette names 

Once the names have been approved by the minister, they will be published in the Government Gazette. A period of 30 days is required for any objections to be submitted in response to the Government Gazette.  

5. Name change concluded 

Should any objections be received, the minister of arts and culture will assess the name change before a final decision is published in the Government Gazette. The Department of Transport and Acsa will then implement the official names as soon as possible.

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