Ubuntu practice in South Africa: challenges and prospects for transformation in post apartheid era
Mofokeng, George Lazarus
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This study, Ubuntu Practice in South Africa: Challenges and Prospects for transformation in post apartheid era, seeks to explore the challenges and prospects when Ubuntu philosophy is adopted by all South Africans. This study was confined to two provinces, that is, Gauteng and Free State provinces. The objective of this study on a broader level is an attempt to conscientise South Africans about the importance of Ubuntu practice in the post apartheid South Africa. Furthermore, the study aims to find ways of recognising genuine otherness of South African citizens that basically translates to Ubuntu practices and philosophies. Lastly, this translation should acknowledge variables in languages, histories, values and customs that all constitute the South African society. On the whole this study is conducted from the paradigm of the phenomenological interpretative type. This is informed by the fact that it facilitates an understanding of how people interpret the processes operating in their social lives. This approach focuses on arguments, which are based upon specific experiences and observations, but not on theory. The findings of this study are that Ubuntu as philosophy is not easily defined and described. Therefore, it is important for all South Africans to have a common understanding of Ubuntu philosophy. The Ubuntu philosophy is based on mutual respect and collectiveness. The study is thus part of the process that is trying to revive the African way of life and fusing it with the current life styles that are positively contributing to all South Africans. On the whole the study recommends that South Africans must start now searching for their identity. They must find out where they coming from, where they are now and where they are going. Apparently, it seems that most South Africans do not know who they are. And until they are able to address these issues, Ubuntu Ubntu practice in post apartheid era will remain being one of "those dreams."