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Leonhard Praeg and Siphokazi Magadla Discuss the Reincarnation of Ubuntu

UbuntuLeonhard Praeg and Siphokazi Magadla were part of a panel discussion centering on the topics dealt with in their book, Ubuntu. The event was held last month in Grahamstown, and was reported on by Binwe Adebayo for Cue.

Ubuntu today, in relation to its place in the history of South Africa, was discussed. Praeg commented that Ubuntu “is not an expansive forgiveness, it has limitations”, and Magadla described the discussion as an invitation “to look back in order to move forward”.

The panel discussion entitled Is Ubuntu dead? brought together academics and audience members in a conversation about the merits and limitations of the Ubuntu philosophy. Chaired by Rhodes University Anthropology lecturer, Dr Joy Owen, the discussion centred on works by Professor Leonhard Praeg and Siphokazi Magadla, both of whom lecture in the Rhodes Politics department. The discussion focused on the philosophical and practical elements of Ubuntu, and the ways in which a re-imagined Ubuntu could be applied towards greater equality in contemporary South Africa.

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