Some of South Africa's most recognisable names have been chosen to be honoured with a street name in Gugulethu.

The initiative formed part of the Name Your Hood Campaign in Gugulethu, which would see the renaming of native yard street names in the area.

Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (better known as Zapiro), late child activist Nkosi Johnson and singer Miriam Makeba have been shortlisted from more than 4500 proposed names.

There would be one final public participation process to finalise the names.

Shapiro said that he felt honoured that NY 106 would likely be known as "Zapiro Lane".

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be even considered. It's not something I could have imagined. It's not something I ever thought about. I'm really happy that people support the kind of thing that I do," he said.

Brett Herron, the chairperson of the City of Cape Town's naming committee, said that it was a very important process for South Africa.

"It was important for us to allow the communities to develop dignified street names for their area. This is really part of building an inclusive city," said Herron.

In March, the city changed six street names as part of the process, which began in 2011, to rename apartheid-era streets.

Hendrik Verwoerd Drive became Uys Krige Drive and Coen Steytler Avenue was renamed Walter Sisulu Avenue.