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Ubuntu and the quest for land reform in South Africa

Herman Holtzhausen

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 36, No 2 (2015), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v36i2.1431

Submitted: 19 February 2015
Published:  19 June 2015

Abstract

In this article, I ask the question how we can relate ubuntu to South African land reform from a practical-theological point of view. I will look at researchers’ efforts to understand ubuntu and how these efforts do and do not integrate into the conversation around land reform.Referring to land reform, I will focus on two private narratives as opposed to dominant public narratives. An in-depth discussion on legislation and research on perspectives of land ownership therefore falls outside of the ambit of this article. In conclusion, I will argue that the relationship between a landowner and his or her dispossessed coworkers can be the fertile soil which ubuntu requires to find sustainable local answers to land reform.

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Herman Holtzhausen, Department of Practical Theology, University Pretoria, South Africa

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