NEWS RELEASE THURSDAY 25.10.07

An historical enactment will take place on Church Square, Grahamstown, on Saturday morning at 10am as a follow-up to the successful official launch of the Keep Grahamstown Grahamstown (KGG) Campaign held at the same spot last week.

KGG spokesperson, Adv Jock McConnachie, said the enactment had a direct bearing on the debate which is presently raging about whether or not Grahamstown’s name should be changed after Makana Municipality Mayor, Mr Phumelelo Kate, recently announced that the name “must go”.

“The enactment will feature an imaginary meeting, almost 200 years later, between two of the main proponents of the Frontier conflicts of the early 1800s,” said McConnachie.

“It’s purpose is to tie in with the message of reconciliation which the KGG Campaign wants to promote as the motivating reason for keeping the name of Grahamstown alongside that of Makana.”

McConnachie also predicted that the Campaign would pass the 1000 signature mark over the weekend.

“The campaign is now going ahead full steam with lists circulating around the City and elsewhere,” he said.

Since the posting of our website www.keepgrahamstown.co.za on Tuesday, signatures, emails & SMSes are pouring in at the rate of more than 200 per day and we are beginning to get responses from all over the country and even from abroad,” he said.

“Most encouragingly of all, the campaign is succeeding in its aim to unify opinion around the campaign slogan: “Makana + Grahamstown = Reconciliation,” McConnachie said.

“We are working to the deadline of 12 November as set by the Makana Municipality Naming Task Team by which date we should have collected between 3-5 000 signatures, predominantly of Grahamstonians, Black & White.”

Apart from the website and signature lists, the Campaign can be reached via SMS on 0834320013 and the email address is info@keepgrahamstown.co.za.

“Makana + Grahamstown = Reconciliation/Rekonsiliasie/Luxolelwaniso”