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Article Number - 6686B5161583

Vol.8(5), pp. 41-51 , November 2016
DOI: 10.5897/AJHC2016.0328
ISSN: 2141-6672

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Ubuntu: A phantasmagoria in rural Kwazulu-Natal?

Ntokozo Makoba
  • Ntokozo Makoba
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Private Bag 54001 Durban, South Africa.
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 Received: 28 July 2016  Accepted: 21 October 2016  Published: 30 November 2016

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This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0

Ubuntu is a value system that is known to be found in African communities.  Like other values within African communities, it is perceived to have transcended the colonialist rule which changed the landscape of Africa including its socio-cultural makeup.  Although KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is credited for the initiation of Ubuntu, the erosion of certain cultural values has been found to be more acute in KwaZulu-Natal. That being the case, an empirical study into the existence of Ubuntu in rural KZN, Umgungundlovu District, was conducted and the results revealed that Ubuntu is an important cultural value in the community which is however perceived to be losing its importance in the younger generation.  

Key words: Ubuntu, African value system, patriarchy, African worldview, African epistemology.

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APA Makoba, N. (2016). Ubuntu: A phantasmagoria in rural Kwazulu-Natal?. African Journal of History and Culture, 8(5), 41-51.
Chicago Ntokozo Makoba. "Ubuntu: A phantasmagoria in rural Kwazulu-Natal?." African Journal of History and Culture 8, no. 5 (2016): 41-51.
MLA Ntokozo Makoba. "Ubuntu: A phantasmagoria in rural Kwazulu-Natal?." African Journal of History and Culture 8.5 (2016): 41-51.
DOI 10.5897/AJHC2016.0328

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