I heard about Sophiatown from South African anti-apartheid activists in the 80s. It was a legendary place. In the nineties when i was doing research in South Africa I saw a very, very moving museum installation about it in Museum Afrika in Joburg. I found myself in the ridiculous predicament of having to hold back tears. Today I delight at this news here. The original name has been restored to this Johannesburg suburb. Symbolic only yes but a statement nevertheless.

The BBC omitted to cover another name change earlier in the week. The great anti-apartheid fighter and later housing minister, Joe Slovo, had a busy road named after him in Joburg. Where else on the planet would you have a communist party general secretary honoured like this?