Ubuntu as Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

Professor Muxe Nkondo

Edited version of a paper presented at the South Africa–China High-Level Dialogue on 25 April 2017. Organised by the Mediation Support, Policy Research and Analysis Unit, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in collaboration with the China Public Diplomacy Association

Liberal democracies have reached a stage where the moral person is increasingly giving way to the one-dimensional, commercial, and self-serving person. This process, aided by the unprecedented development of science and technology, is assuming huge proportions and power, obscuring human values under the shadow of soulless neoliberal capitalist forces. How can governments foster the development of Ubuntu as public policy? How can enterprises such as schools, hospitals, farms, businesses, workplaces, and courts be founded on Ubuntu principles? How can governments and their partners work together on the agenda for fundamental change, sharing responsibilities, encouraging one another in the development of Ubuntu principles, and offering a high-quality public service? These are among the issues examined in this Occasional Paper.