Answer to Question #211715 in Other for MALATJI

Question #211715

Have you experienced Ubuntu in your life? Elaborate by giving examples looking at generosity extended by others towards you or you to others. 

When does Ubuntu stop being Ubuntu and become personal gain and marginalise others?

Can Ubuntu be practised outside of community? Elaborate.

Is the essence of Ubuntu only practiced by African people? Explain and give examples.

What does the saying “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” mean to you?

Expert's answer

Ubuntu is a philosophy that champions for a common good of community as a whole and yes, I have experienced it. One of the instance is when I was once involved in a community outreach to help till land of a bereaved family. Secondly, a certain child was once disciplined for disrespecting an elderly because a child belongs to the community and everyone is responsible to administer discipline. Ubuntu may cease to have its meaning for example when some group of people are secluded from the benefits that accrue due to the practice and where some people are being exploited in the name of communalizing work. Ubuntu is not limited to just a community but also to a bigger group for example a nation at large. The president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela emphasized on the importance of Ubuntu when he fought against apartheid and inequality. Ubuntu also exist in places of work where people regard one another as one. Obuntu is not practiced by African people only: it has become a global concept in many instances for example in catering for the needs of migrating population. Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu places value on everyone’s contribution and it means I am what I am because someone else is.

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