The concept of ubuntu is complex, and is difficult to nail down. There is some consensus though, that it relates to how one operates in the world on a moral and humanitarian level. Practised with the good of all in mind, it can help individuals and the community.
• Hiking across South Africa to find ubuntu
Once a year, business executives swop their suits for Lycra and helmets, and get on their bikes to raise funds for the Mike Thomson Change a Life Cycle Tour, an initiative to raise funds for victims of crime. This year the tour starts and finishes in Swaziland.
• Improving lives with bicycles
Designer David Tlale was the first South African to show his collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. He is now returning to the Big Apple for the third time, this time with his winter collection. He has also signed up an agency in the United States for his label, and soon will be looking for a showroom in New York.
• Fashion week wows Jozi
ICT’s first lady has a simple formula for success – work exceptionally hard and watch out for opportunities. And the time for women is now: a woman brings a more consultative, empathetic approach “and that is the kind of leadership we need in South Africa today. We don’t need autocratic leadership.”
• Businesswomen leaving a legacy
From the moment she married Nelson Mandela in 1958, Winnie Madikizela was harassed, detained and tortured. She survived an astounding 491 days in solitary confinement, and turned her banishment to Brandfort into a triumph, before defiantly returning to Soweto.
• The women in Madiba's life