Afrikaans, Show more Translation of Afrikaans veelvolkig, veelvolkige consisting of many peoples (or ‘nations’). In Afrikaans, volk means both ‘people’ and ‘nation’ (although nasie is increasingly used for the latter).
1. Applied to South Africa and to South African society: composed of several peoples or ‘nations’.See also nation.
Often used (especially in the past) to justify apartheid as an appropriate policy for the country, the term has encountered much resistance.
1964H.H.W. De VilliersRivonia 31The..exhibits produced..gradually high-lighted the significance and gravity of a plot which aimed at the destruction of the centuries-old and normally peaceful and democratic way of life in South Africa’s multi-national society.
1971Daily Dispatch 13 May 12One of the more zany premises upon which many political theories are founded in this land is that South Africa is a ‘multi-national’ country.
1973Drum 22 Jan. 41Mr. Vorster had said he was not against ‘foreign aid’ to the Coloured section of our multi-national society.
1973Sunday Times 27 May 17This might prove too high a price for the creation of an all-White Parliament in a multi-national and multi-racial country.
1983F.E.O’B. Geldenhuys inOptimaVol.31No.3, 156One example comes from the official reply of the Swiss Federation of Protestant churches: ‘...Every page evidences [their] concern to examine critically the problems presented..by the relations between the “population groups” in the “multinational South African state”.’
1973E. Prov. Herald 1 June 8The tortuous ‘multinational’ and ‘open international’ formula continues to be used as the excuse for discriminating between different sports. Those that are arbitrarily favoured are allowed more relaxation of the colour bar than those that are not.
1973Argus 16 June 4The sports policy is an extension of the policy of multinational development, and not an example of ‘multiracialism,’ ‘mixed sport’ or ‘multicoloured sport’.
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