The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) is celebrating the life of Dr. Kenneth ‘KK’ Kaunda who passed on at the age of 97 years.
He was the second after Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela to receive the Ubuntu Honour in 2007 at a ceremony hosted by the NHC at Boschendal in the Western Cape. The campaign was to rally communities into reviving and practicing Ubuntu values. He unveiled a community built monument of Ubuntu in the township of Pniel near Boschendal.
Through his articulation of African Humanism, which in essence is Ubuntu, the world came to know about this African philosophy. His immense contribution and sacrifice in assisting African liberation movements in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s made him to stand out as a deserving recipient of the Ubuntu Honour. He embraced the values of Ubuntu till his last day and is a real epitome of the philosophy. Dr Kaunda lived and left a lasting legacy that generations to come aspire to emulate and live by for the betterment of our continent.
Kaunda’s legacy in our heritage landscape in South Africa is preserved in a programme of the Resistance & Liberation Heritage Route (RLHR) which includes the University of Fort Hare where he studied with other African leaders such as Robert Mugabe and Nelson Mandela.
May his soul rest in peace.