Idea to name Drakensberg peak after Mandela

Idea to name Drakensberg peak after Mandela

Idea to name Drakensberg peak after Mandela

John Tungay is someone who feels that the Drakensberg will benefit if one its mountain peaks was to be named after Nelson Mandela. However his suggestion has been met with a lot of critism. John Tangay feels tha if Nelson Mandela would find its way onto the Drakensberg Maps that the region would benefit. His suggestion is to rename Cathkin Peak, known in isiZulu as Mdedelolo, to become Mount Mandela; or at least to have the name Mandela incorporated into it. Tungay’s proposal has not yet reached any of the official channels but it has prompted critism. It seems that many feel  that the naming and renaming of peaks in the Drakensberg, should be the concern of those organisations whose aims are, amongst others, to initiate and support the actions towards the protecting the natural beauty and wilderness character of the mountains, or at the very least, in consultation with them. However, Tungay says that having a mountain called Mount Mandela would have economic spin-offs. And that the best place for this would be in the central Drakensberg where there are a lot of tourism activity already in operation.

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