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Why was Centurion previously named Verwoerdburg?

Did he use to live there? Is he buried there? Interestingly, you still see "Verwoerdburgstad" on a signboard when you enter the CBD

Moannet, I got that, question is why after him?
68 mths ago

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It was first Lyttleton. In 1967 it was renamed to Verwoerdburg. It has to be put into context. In 1966 Verwoerd was assasinated. Many blamed the liberals andEnglish for this. His assasination gave a big rise in Afrikaner nationalism and the need for culture preservation/building led to many places/buildings/streets renamed to Afrikaner icons.

68 mths ago

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It was named after Dr.Hendrik French Verwoerd

68 mths ago

All Presidents had places named after them.....unfortunately, this one won't be remembered

68 mths ago

He was at the heart of it taking SA back from the English. Also Hendrik Verwoerd Dam- now Gariep Dam.

68 mths ago

If Miceman is correct, then you have your "why" - I don't know where Verwoerd is buried though.

68 mths ago

Just know its HF Verwoed (tnx Moannet, had forget what the 'F' was for). Same with Jan Smuts-Lughawe. They were all Presidents and First Ministers in those days. But thats part of the history that our kids dont learn about anymore. Sad I must admit.

68 mths ago

After Dr HF Verwoerd in order to honour him (at the time) and to have us reminded of his legacy (at that time thought to be great). As things changed, 'Verwoerd' was seen as the epitome of apartheid and it became an embarrasement. Interestingly however, was the fact that 'Verwoerdburg' was indeed changed to 'Centurion' officially, whereas the Centurion CBD area, still remains 'Verwoerdburgstad'. This will most probably remains so. I think it is good that it remains so, to remember us of his legancy ... and not have it repeated in any other form.

68 mths ago

He was the President/Premier/Eerste Minister at the time the first soil was turned and of course, named it after His Holy Self. Sorry Moannet, ek was 'n Sap. In ons huis was dit 'n geween en gekners van tande to Jannie Smuts deur Dr. D.F. Malan ontsetel is....en Verwoerd was .....le liewer niks. Inb any case he had such a big head..so many things were named after him. Exactly like the ANC is today. He also did exactly as he wanted. No media freedom..we never knew what was going on. SA has gone full circle...only more people are dying now than then. Amen.

Source: Alicia

68 mths ago

I love Bruinman's answer. As an answer to why it was named after him ..... please read on.Unlike several other countries, South Africa has no national church, cemetery or pantheon for the burial of its leaders and famous citizens. Dr. Jansen and Prime Ministers Strijdom and Verwoerd were buried in the Heroes' Acre at the Old Cemetery in Church Street West , Pretoria , which has acquired some of the attributes of a national cemetery. Hope I helped in some way!!!

Source: http://www.ancestry24.co.za/Content/WebSite/LearningCentre/Burials.aspx

68 mths ago

Rather ask Why is Verwoerdburg now Centurion.. It is Sad that we hide our historical back ground, With out verwoerd we Would NOT have had aprtheid, and there would have been no,anti-aprtheid, reconciliation and a Jailed Nelson Mandela.. He gave reason for all the change.. What piece of history are going to be changed or Buried next.. SAD, since the Americans live with their faults and their past, and celebrate Historical events, good or bad, even just as a reminder, of how it were.... That is why they are Proud strong and a unified nation..

68 mths ago

Lyttelton was renamed after the former Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd to become the City of Verwoerdburg in 1967. After the elections of 1994 the Verwoerdburg City Council and the Rantesig local area committee were disbanded and a new local authority consisting of Verwoerdburg, Rantesig, Erasmia, Laudium, Christoburgh and Claudius came into being. The name Centurion was accepted in 1995 by the City Council.

Source: http://www.supronet.co.za/centurionet_e/html/history.htm

68 mths ago

I go with Thumbsie's answer. HF Verwoerd like all the other presidents named cities etc after them, same like today.

68 mths ago

Lyttelton was renamed after the former Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd, to become the City of Verwoerdburg in 1967. After the 1994 elections, the Verwoerdburg City Council was disbanded and the name Centurion was accepted in 1995 by the new City Council.

68 mths ago

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