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PART 5: UBUNTU

PART 5: UBUNTU

Ubuntu is a word that is used a lot in South Africa but it seemed like it had faded over the past few years with political in-fighting, corruption and those in power simply losing direction. We wake up daily to updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, and to make a bad situation worse, the South African

Ubuntu is a word that is used a lot in South Africa but it seemed like it had faded over the past few years with political in-fighting, corruption and those in power simply losing direction. We wake up daily to updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, and to make a bad situation worse, the South African economy has now been downgraded to “junk” status. 

“Ubuntu” is an Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity.” It is often translated as “I am because we are” or “humanity toward others” and I can see that our national rainbow is still shining and feel encouraged and empowered to see all the effort being put into fighting this virus. The higher power and power within each of us is unfolding, and what was important to us a week ago is forgotten. Junk status is something we must deal with later as we rebuild, but Ubuntu and “Thuma Mina – Send Me”, President Ramaphosa’s incredible plea in his State of the Nation address, is now all action, and happening.

This leads me to the most critical points. 

Brian Jones (SA7)

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