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n Acta Academica - South African identity as reflected by its toponymic tapestry

Volume 44, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

This article aims to point out that the geographical names collectively also reflect the hearts and minds of those who gave the names, ultimately expressing what it means to be a South African in the face of shared historical and cultural experiences that motivated the bestowal of the name. The effects of the policy of transformation are discussed focusing on how transformation differs from mere change and how these two concepts apply to the geographical names of South Africa and its peoples. The policy of changing geographical names for the sake of transformation is discussed from the perspective of it being an ongoing process often misunderstood by policymakers as well as people subjected to it. Using the onomastic framework of the etymological and associative meanings of place names it will be pointed out that being South African involves both shared and differentiating experiences leading to the conclusion that there is no definition for a South African identity and that a national identity is subject to a consciousness and tolerance of social diversity and need.


Die artikel toon aan dat die geografiese name kollektief ook die gedagtes en harte van die naamgewers reflekteer wat uiteindelik 'n beeld gee van wat dit beteken om Suid-Afrikaans te wees met 'n gedeelde geskiedenis en kulturele ervarings wat tot die name aanleiding gegee het. Die effek van 'n beleid van transformasie word bespreek met die fokus op die verskil tussen blote verandering en transformasie en die rol daarvan op geografiese name in Suid-Afrika en sy mense. Die beleid van naamsverandering word bespreek vanuit die hoek dat dit 'n aaneenlopende proses is wat dikwels misverstaan word deur sowel beleidmakers as die mense wat daaraan onderwerp word. Deur middel van die onomastiese raamwerk van die etimologiese en assosiatiewe betekenis van plekname word aangetoon dat om Suid-Afrikaans te wees beide gedeelde en gedifferensieerde ervarings insluit en lei tot die slotsom dat daar geen definisie vir 'n Suid-Afrikaanse identiteit is nie, en dat daar nie 'n nasionale identiteit sonder 'n bewustheid van sosiale verskeidenheid en behoeftes kan wees nie.

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