Shari Cohen recently wrote 3 blog posts in the Huffington Post about Ubuntu and her time in South Africa during the Soccer World Cup. In the first one she writes about all the money spent on the new stadiums, and wonders whether it could have been put to better use. Or at least FIFA could have helped with some of the social problems in South Africa.
The 2nd one was very positive about her experience of Ubuntu in South Africa, and was mailed around by South Africans everywhere, and even reprinted in South African newspapers. We South Africans love positive news about our country, probably because there aren’t good news so often… It has been 5 years since I designed my best selling MotherTongues t-shirt, the Ubuntu: I am because we are T-shirt. I love the African concept, even if I know it isn’t true for all South Africans, but I believe it is a beautiful community value to strive towards, doesn’t matter where in the world you live.
So I was glad to read Shari’s third blog today, about what is next for South Africa, after the tourists and the soccer players left. I’ll forever be hopeful that South Africans (and I’m including myself, even though I’ve lived in the USA for the past 15 years) can come together and make a change for the better – even if it is only in your own community. Because that is where change starts.
Thanks Shari, for highlighting Ubuntu – the good and the bad – and for letting South Africans feel good about ourselves, but also making us think about what to do next.