The City of Ekurhuleni’s spokesperson, Themba Gadebe, said the municipality has finally fixed the grammatical error that happened many years ago.

According to sourced information, the name Thembisa, which is a Nguni word that means “promise” and “hope”, was misspelled as Tembisa many years ago.

“The City of Ekurhuleni will change some names of its townships. This is more of a correction of spelling. Tembisa will now be pronounced and written with the letter ‘h’ and be spelled as Thembisa,” confirmed Gadebe.

He said these name changes come to effect with immediate effect. “As we speak, Tembisa is no longer that but Thembisa,” he announced.

Other townships within the jurisdiction of this metropolitan include Tokoza which will also inherit the letter ‘h’ and will now be spelled as Thokoza, while Tsakane will now be spelled as Tsakani with the letter ‘i’ instead of the letter ‘e’.


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