The "we" denotes the community. We are guided in all we do, by Ubuntu, an African philosophy of humanity; an understanding of human nature as that of relationships
The word Ubuntu comes from the phrase Ubuntu ngumuntu ngabantu in the Nguni languages of
Zulu and Xhosa, and can be roughly translated as: I am because you are, we are because you are;
as human beings there is a sense in which there is a connection and interdependence; we rely on each other.
Ubuntu is in essence, the quality that includes the essential human virtues of
compassion and humanity.
Ubuntu is an expression of the moral ideals of sub-Saharan Africa. The philosophy underscores the
importance of communal existence. It is neither political or religious, it is a guiding
moral philosophy that engenders social awareness, a consciousness of others, a reminder that
we all have a responsibility to each other, the world around us, the totality of our environment,
as well as a realisation of the interdependence between the past and the present.
Our moral obligation towards others therefore, can be extended to all natural beings and our
relationship with the environment. The principle of co-agency implies that we are co-creators;
it relies on the recognition that we are interdependent - it is that principle of co-agency
that encourages communities coming together to support each other and grow together.
A fundamental part of that coming together, is recognition of the humanity of all people.