14. What is unity in diversity?
- Unity in diversity is the motto on the National Coat of Arms that is drawn from the /Xam expression !ke e: /xarra // ke which literally means diverse people unite. It is a call to all citizens to unite in a sense of belonging and pride.
In so far as it speaks directly and in an ancient South African language and culture deeply woven into the fabric of many indigenous languages and cultures, it highlights and celebrates the interconnections of the people, the languages, the cultures and the histories.
The thinking embraces that South Africa has many identities and however all are South African. The National Development Plan (NDP) states that, “being South African has never been promised on the notion of a melting pot that fuses everybody into some amalgam”.