The issue of name changing is not about dealing with offensive names only. It is to give the people the freedom to choose. I think this is a fundamental point that you must understand; in years past, under apartheid rule, our people did not have the opportunity to choose the names of the places where they lived. We are now giving them that choice. [Applause.]
So, let us all allow that process; I agree with the hon member Van den Berg that the process is important. We don't want anybody to wake up tomorrow and say this place is now called this name or that name. There is a process, people are engaged in that process and, once it is done, let us respect it as the will of the people.
This is why I am very happy that the magistrate or judge - with regard to the Tshwane street names - ruled that the process should unfold. I think that is correct. [Applause.]
Lastly, the hon member Van den Berg complained that he has not seen the two of us at the portfolio committee meetings. Well, remember, hon member, that you are new to the portfolio committee ... [Laughter.] ... so the day when you came, we were not there.
However, I want to assure you that the Deputy Minister and I do like attending the portfolio committee meetings and we will be there. And we would like to engage with you on the languages Bill before it goes to the House. I think we will reach consensus and I am sure you agree.
With those few words, hon Chair, I would like once more to thank all hon members and all the people who have attended the proceedings today. We promise you that we will do exactly what we said we will do in implementing the programmes. We will work together with the portfolio committee to ensure that we can succeed in transforming our country for the better. Thank you. [Applause.]