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In South Africa we are fortunate or maybe unfortunate of having 11 official languages and five major spoken languages namely English Afrikaans Xhosa Zulu and Sotho I say fortunate because we can celebrate our diverseness and our wonderful culture but we also unfortunate because with diverseness comes confusion problems and inconveniences Having 11 official languages sounds grand and important to some It shows that we are multi-cultured and accepting of all cultures South Africa boasts and punts that we have such a diverse culture but I dont think it is something to boast about or something which we should be that proud of It possibly sounds impressive when undecided tourists are choosing their next destination They may want to experience interesting places where life is different to their home and if that is the target people we are aiming for it is fine to have 11 official languages but I dont think that is whom we should be looking to attract to our country South Africa wants to attract outside and foreign investment that is what grows and sustains countries and the foreign investment will usually come from first world countries There are very few first world countries which will have more that two or even three official languages because of the logistic problems it will cause If South Africa wants to be seen as first world and wants to operate in their hemispheres we have to start acting like them and follow their examples Maybe our multi-lingual country scares off prospective business men because they do not want the stress and hassle of dealing with such diverseness were they may need to know more than one language to perform correct business trade I understand that the government wants to try and include every single person into our country but that normally would not be a conceivable and rational thing to do I am saying that language is now the one limiting factor that
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