Ubuntu as public policy in South Africa: a conceptual framework

SOURCE: International Journal of African Renaissance Studies
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2007
TITLE AUTHOR(S): G.M.Nkondo
KEYWORDS: PUBLIC POLICY, UBUNTU
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9992

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Abstract

Beginning with an overview of the origin and core elements of ubuntu, this article focuses on the idea that the analytic process required to illustrate how a social theory and a political ideal can be extracted and developed out of their constitutive elements has not been given the rigorous attention it deserves. Without such rigour it is extremely difficult to recommend a coherent conceptual framework for political action. It then suggests guidelines for policy development and implementation, confident that nuanced variations in the various understandings of ubuntu are not so fundamental as to prevent trend-data analysis and generalisation.