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Gqeberha, the word on everyone’s lips these days but maybe not pronounced correctly; the Kiffness has stepped up to help fellow South Africans get it right.


Eastern Cape, South Africa (25 February 2021) – Some towns and cities in the Eastern Cape are being renamed and the pronunciation may be a challenge for some South Africans and international visitors so The Kiffness created a parody of Miriam Makeba’s Click Song to help.

The name for Port Elizabeth will now be Gqeberha which is the isiXhosa name for Walmer Township. Walmer is one of the first and oldest townships in Port Elizabeth. Uitenhage will also be changed to Kariega, and the Port Elizabeth Airport will be known as Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport.

Many have had opinions on the topic of name changes but even the critics can’t deny that the Kiffness’ got it right with this song.

“I did a little remake of Mariam Makeba’s Click Song to help you with the new names of our cities

For international viewers: South Africa has renamed many cities in recent years to names that are more indigenous to the land. Many people think it’s unnecessary, while many people welcome it. What are your thoughts?”

For those ready to embrace the new names in the Eastern Cape, this video is a quick way to start getting those clicks right.

Take a look at the video below to learn the new names.

Sources: The Kiffness
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