The concept of a nation is not easily defined.
"Nationalism is a deeply contradictory enterprise."
(P Brooker, 1999,148).
Our nation is one that has been formed over many years and languages have been brought to us through imperialism, immigrants and time. We have to accept that, "for most nations of the world to escape the profound experience of imperialism would be in fact to escape their own actual history" (P Brooker, 1999,148). We cannot deny that there is an assortment of language, which abound this nation. However, we need to choose one unifying language, which we can all use. This is essential for purposes of communication and mediation, which I will discuss later. This national language would be the only official language and English would be the unifying language.
Identity is an ever-changing concept. South Africans sexuality, class, gender, race and even language determine our identity.
"Contemporary identities can therefore be fluid or consciously delimited. Any number of factors are likely to be under negotiation in either case; whether of religion, nation, language, political ideology or cultural expression" (P Brooker, 1999,109).
Our South African identity is one which has changed through imperialism and it is one that has changed through apartheid and it is one which will continue changing in order to progress therefore a national language such as English can become a part of this ever changing south African identity. A national language will...