UBUNTU – ‘A person is a person through other people’. Although beautiful in theory, many have argued its misuse and sometimes abuse, like how Africans might have practiced this when the settlers first reached our shores and that is what got us colonised. Can Ubuntu be used to hold someone’s principles against them for their own benefit? Is Ubuntu expected of some and not of others, and is that being taken advantage of by some? Architecture student Simphiwe Mlambo, who is in the process of designing an Ubuntu Centre at Constitution Hill, explores this dreamy philosophy in both its glory and misgivings as we ask: where to from here?
Image: Artist – Moonassi