South African Minister of Home Affairs Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize has announced that from 2018, every newborn in the country will have an African name.
The new Law is compulsory to every race.
Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize an ANC MP was born on 6 September 1952. She has been the Minister of Home Affairs since 31 March 2017.
She was previously serving as Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services in the government of South Africa.
Professor Mkhize holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Social Work and Sociology from the University of Zululand; Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, and a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The name must be in any original African language that is recognised by the government as an official language in South Africa.
According to the Minister, the Home Affairs is going to print over 50 000 names and their meaning.
The names will be made available at every hospital and maternity across the country to help parents who do not speak nor understand the African languages to know the meaning of the names.
”South Africa does not have a true African identity; this new Law will make us very unique and pure African,” said the minister.
” There will be an option where parents can let Home Affairs automatically add an African name of their choice on the child’s birth then an SMS with the meaning of the name will be sent to the parents,” concluded the minister.