Instilling the values of Ubuntu after passing of Nelson Mandela

The month of July dubbed ‘Ubuntu’ month comprised with initiatives to commemorate the global icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and all the other cadres that have immensely contributed to the liberation of this country. The Freedom Park, Humanity’s Team SA and the National Heritage Council (NHC) teamed up to host the Ubuntu Indaba and Ubuntu Walk on 26 and 27 July.

The Ubuntu Indaba was held on 26 July, at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. The panel of speakers included Dr. Brigalia Bam, Adv. George Bizos and Adv. Thuli Madonsela. This was a light-hearted reflection on the experiences that the panel had with President Mandela and also how we as a nation can preserve this to build our nation. NHC encourages South African citizens to embrace the values of Ubuntu and civil society organisations to play part. Some of the efforts by NHC to bring the uBuntu to the fore include the Ubuntu Imbizo held in provinces and honour to icons that embodied the values through Ubuntu Honour.

The Ubuntu Indaba was attended by the Humanity’s Team represented from the following countries; South Africa, USA, Nigeria, Argentina, Portugal, Netherlands and France.
“I’m very humbled to have had an opportunity to be in a dialogue with the panel for sharing the untold interesting tales about the global icon and his journey to shaping the country for better through Ubuntu” says Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa, CEO of the NHC.
The Acting CEO of the Freedom Park proudly said that this dialogue is a Launchpad for preserving the values of Ubuntu for nation building and social building in our continent. The panel described Mandela as a selfless human being who was a leader that wanted to serve the nation, not for himself but everyone’s benefit. They urged the stakeholders in the room to come up with strategic tactics to reclaim the values of Ubuntu for the development of this country.
“We will be failing to uphold the legacy of President Nelson Mandela if we do not carry the values of uBuntu to the future generations, as it is part of our heritage and key tool for nationhood” says Adv. Mancotywa.
The celebrations were concluded with a symbolic 3 km walk in Pretoria at the Freedom Park and handover of the Highest Sprit Leadership award to Nelson
Mandela received by CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Sello Hatang. The award is to honour father of the nation for his leadership, which is
a combination of all the values and wonderful qualities that he brought to life. The ceremony was graced Khoi San traditional leaders; the public in their traditional wear as well as by young children whom where close to the heart of Tata Madiba, Khoi San traditional leaders.
Previous 2014 Ubuntu Honour Award to Dr Nyerere

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