Renaming the e-Toll gantries in Gauteng


Well-Known Member
Aug 17, 2005
I think we all agree that etolls are a bad idea, and I don't want to discuss that on this thread. Please use the general thread, which makes fascinating reading.

I had a conversation on Monday with a friend who noted that all the etoll gantries are named after birds. His wry comment was that we should rename all 49 of them as "Albatross". Not only will this make it difficult to know which fee to pay (if at all), but the name aptly describes the entire fiasco.

From Wikipedia:
It is from the Coleridge poem that the usage of albatross as a metaphor is derived; someone with a burden or obstacle is said to have 'an albatross around their neck', the punishment given in the poem to the mariner who killed the albatross.

I suggested that "dikkop" might be more apt. Then I added "vulture", and so on. But birds are a lame theme.

I am wondering what would be the most inflammatory and insulting names to apply to each of the 49 gantries? Names that would deliberately upset and insult ANC politicians and leaders?

For example, how about naming them after cabinet ministers, presidents, religious icons, and so on? Do you think the government would take kindly to names of "struggle heroes" being assigned to the hated gantries? What about Apartheid leaders like Lucas Mangope, Kaiser Matanzima, Oupa Gqozo, Lennox Sebe, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and Enos Mabuza?

So my list is
Albert Luthuli
Albertina Sisulu
Barend du Plessis
Chris Hani
CR Swart
Cyril Ramaphosa
Daniel F Malan
Dullah Omar
Dipuo Peters
Enos Mabuza
Eugene Terreblanche
Frederik W de Klerk
Fikile Mbalula
Goodwill Zwelethini
Helen Suzman
Helen Zille
Hendrik Verwoerd
Ian Smith
Idi Amin
Jacob Zuma
Jan Smuts (to be placed as close as possible to the ORT airport)
Jan van Riebeeck
JBM Hertzog
Jeremy Cronin
JJ Fouché
Joe Slovo
Johannes Strydom
Johannes Vorster
Julius Malema
Kaiser Matanzima
Kgalema Motlanthe
King Mswati III
Lennox Sebe
Louis Botha
Lucas Mangope
Magnus Malan
Mac Maharaj
Mangosuthu Buthelezi (the southernmost one on the N3)
Mbhazima Shilowa
Muammar Gaddafi
Nazir Alli
Nelson Mandela
Nicolaas Diederichs
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Oupa Gqozo
Owen Horwood
Paul Kruger
Peter Mokaba
Piet Koornhof
Pieter W Botha
Pik Botha
Pravin Gordhan
Robert Mugabe
Robert Sobukwe
Sam Nujoma
Samora Machel
Sibusiso Ndebele
Steve Biko
Thabo Mbeki
Trevor Manuel

OK, so there are more than 49 names, but you get the idea. Who did I leave out?

Please suggest your own themes and names.
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Honorary Master
Apr 26, 2008
I don't think anyone gives a sh|t about what the gantries are called. They just want them taken down.


Expert Member
Jan 15, 2007
Pretty sure soon the gantries will just be place holders for ads anyway.


Mountain Man
May 6, 2010
seriously? why should I waste my time on something I'm going to totally ignore


Honorary Master
Nov 20, 2003
I wonder why they weren't named after the "glorious" struuuuuugle "heroes" to begin with? I mean everything else has followed this naming convention - a thousand times over.