Voortrekker Road name change plan

Staff Reporter

Voortrekker Road, between Wellington Road and Church Street, in Durbanville, could soon become Pampoenkraal Lane, if a proposal by the City of Cape Town’s naming committee is accepted.

The recommended name change follows a public participation process in October last year when most of those who took part backed the proposal.

“The proposal to rename this short road of approximately 225 metres was submitted by Sub-council 7 to complement the Pampoenkraal Heritage Site project,” the City said last week.

Last month, the committee visited the Pampoenkraal heritage site to determine the impact a name change could have on businesses there.

“This section of Voortrekker Road is a very short, brick-paved street, and we are of the view that the proposed name change will enhance the purpose and feel of the heritage site,” said committee chairman, Brett Herron.

Voortrekker Road is an access road to one of the oldest areas in Durbanville, with the Pampoenkraal heritage site project being one of the biggest heritage developments in the city.

Once completed, the Pampoenkraal-Uitspanplek, with its historical elements that include a feeding trough and water fountain, will once again be the historical heart of Durbanville.

“Durbanville was originally known as ‘Pampoenkraal’. The suburb was founded in the early 19th century around a fresh-water spring and was primarily a watering station for travellers between Cape Town and the inland.

“The proposed new name is thus quite fitting given the history of the area, and will contribute to the historical significance and authenticity of this site,” said Mr Herron.

The City believes the proposed renaming, if approved, will have minimal cost implications because the street is short, has no residences and only a few businesses.

The estimated cost to the City was R5 000 for the repainting of kerbstones and new street name signage, said the City.