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We have to keep our ‘ubuntu’ going at all costs

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Lockdown is depriving many of us of our humanity. One thing we must not surrender is our ‘ubuntu’. Virtual meetings, lessons, lectures and so on have merit, especially in these times.


08 Jul 2020
PREMIUM!
We have to keep our ‘ubuntu’ going at all costs

SANDF members help Waterworks residents to carry their food donations in Soweto, Johannesburg, 5 June 2020. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

When invoking war rhetoric against Covid-19, Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Donald Trump both fall short of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who mobilised the English language and sent it into battle. While Churchill statues are under threat from those who denounce the UK World War II leader as racist and colonialist, the Nobel literature laureate’s words will endure. Even while confirming truths about Britain’s darkest wartime hours, Churchill was able to inspire confidence and courage. What we face is not a war in any conventional sense. Comparisons would be odious. And “truths” are not as clear as in WW...

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