South African Minister of Home Affairs Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize and Minister of Sports and recreation Thembelani Nxesi have announced that from 2018, every newborn in the country will have an African name in other to be able to represent the country in any capacity most especially on sports.
The new Law is compulsory to every race and colour.
Thembelani Waltermade “Thulas” Nxesi was born 1 January 1959. He is a South African politician. A member of the African National Congress. He previously served as Minister of Public Works and Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform.
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.
In regards to the new law, the name must be in any original African language that is recognised by the government as an official language in South Africa.
The Ministers said that 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 of home affairs.
” 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.
”Foreigners are trying to take over our soccer, those representing us must all bear African names to show where they are coming from.
”It’s time to show the world that we are truly Africans and Africans Value their culture and tradition.
”Go to Bafana Bafana, you will see names that don’t have South African meanings. The Proteas, the Springboks and Banyana Banyana all have players and names that are not South African.
”We need to correct that and make these national teams our own before it is too late,” said the Minister of Sports and Recreation.