South African media has bid farewell to Pretoria after the capital city moved toward changing to the African name Tshwane to symbolise the new post-apartheid nation.
"Farewell to the city of Pretoria; Death knell for the old name," screamed the headline of Pretoria News, the main English-language daily in the political capital of South Africa named after Afrikaner hero Andries Pretorius in 1885.
The Business Day said: "Pretoria faces brave new era ... "
At a special meeting on Monday, the 152-member city council, voted in favour of "registering the geographical area that constitutes the municipality as a city with the name Tshwane".
This means that once registered, Pretoria will disappear from maps.
The South African Geographic Names Council is expected to approve the city council request when it convenes in October.
The name change debate cuts to the heart of the transformation in this southern African country, more than a decade after its first democratic elections heralded the end of white minority rule.
But the proposed name change from Pretoria to Tshwane, one of the first African chiefs to settle in the area, threatened to split the city along racial lines.
The Citizen, which has a predominantly black readership, said "Pretoria will only refer to a township within the city of Tshwane," and be henceforth like any other suburb.
The Pretoria News pointed out that the seat of government - the stunningly beautiful Union Buildings nestled on a hillock overlooking the city - would now no longer be located in Pretoria but in the Tshwane municipal area.
The debate over the name change was acrimonious and bitterly opposed by South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, which still has a large white support base.
Pretoria, a city of 2 million people, was named after Andries Pretorius, who settled there with the so-called "Voortrekkers" (front trekkers) a vanguard of Boers who left the Cape colony with ox-wagons in the 1830s and the second group to live in the area.
The first were Nguni-speakers, known as the Ndebele who named the place Tshwane, which means Little Ape.
The word Tshwane is said to symbolise the chief's motto - "we are the same".