New Street names in Johannesburg

Commissioner Street

During the 2nd half of 2014 the Jhb Council made the following changes to street names.
• Sauer Street has been renamed to Pixley ka Isaka Seme Street;
• Bree Street has been renamed to Lilian Ngoyi Street;
• Jeppe Street has been named after community activist, Rahima Moosa;
• President Street will be known as Helen Joseph Street; and
• Noord Street becomes Sophie de Bruyn Street, named after the only living leader of the Women's March.
In Alexandra, Lion Crescent has been renamed Japie Vilankulu Crescent (Student activist in the 1976 Soweto Uprising.
In Soweto, Thabeta Street in Orlando West is now known as Hastings Ndlovu Street.

More about them:

• Pixley ka Isaka Seme (Sauer Street) was one of the founders of the African National Congress and later served as its President (1930 – 1936). He had a law degree from Oxford University and was the first black lawyer to practice in South Africa where he served as a mentor to a number of young activists who later played key roles in the liberation struggle. He passed away in Johannesburg in 1951.
• Lilian Ngoyi (Bree Street) was a textile worker and mother of three from Orlando who joined the liberation struggle at an early age and rose to become the Secretary General of the ANC Women's League and National Chairman of the Federation of South African Women. Her outspoken defiance against the injustices of apartheid resulted in her being charged with high treason, banned and placed under house arrest. She remained a beacon of strength to the liberation movement up to her death in 1980.
• Sophie Williams-de Bruyn, (Noord Street) is the youngest of the protest March leaders and the only surviving member is an important link to the tumultuous event of 1956. As a founding member of the South African Congress of Trade Unions and a full-time organiser of the Coloured People's Congress she played a critical role in mobilising communities to protest against injustice. She continued to serve a democratic South Africa through vital contributions as a Member of Parliament, Deputy Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature and member of the Commission on Gender Equality.
• Helen Joseph, (President Street) was an indomitable fighter for freedom and justice for more than six decades. As a founding member of the Congress of Democrats she was a major organiser of the Congress of the People in Kliptown in 1955 where the Freedom Charter was adopted as the guiding document for the liberation struggle. Decades of banning and house arrests and repeated assassination attempts could not silence her voice and she remained a powerful political force until her passing in 1992.
• Rahima Moosa, (Jeppe Street). From humble beginnings as a worker in a canning factory and with little formal education this formidable woman was a guiding influence on the struggle for freedom struggle for more than five decades. As a member of the Transvaal Indian Congress she led the initiatives to unite the liberation movement and to mobilise workers into effective and powerful trade unions.
• Hastings Ndlovu, (Thabeta Street) was a 17-year old learner at the Orlando North Secondary School who was among the first victims killed by the police on June 16, 1976. He led a group of students toward the bridge in Khumalo Street where they confronted by police and fired on. He later died of his wounds in Baragwanath Hospital.
• Japie Vilankulu (Lion Crescent) was one of the "Young Lions" of the struggle who led the student uprising in Alexandra during June 1976. He was shot by the police during a protest march on 17 June and passed away at the age of 23.