Spirit of a nation
Did you know?
Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu are the only 2 Nobel winners in the world to live on the same street.
Determined. Passionate. Energetic. There are so many ways to describe the spirit of South Africa and its people, but perhaps the very best word is Ubuntu. You may have heard the word before, uttered by our leaders – or perhaps even the flower seller down the street or the friendly concierge at your hotel.
The word sums up who we are as a nation. A Zulu word, Ubuntu basically means 'humanity/compassion towards others. I am, because you are'. This attitude of compassion and humanity is felt all over the country – from our township home-stays to the humble rural farms to our city's busiest streets.
It's found in the smile of everyone you meet, in the rhythm of our music, in the thrum of a thousand vuvuzelas at a soccer stadium. We are a nation that knows how to make you feel welcome – and we know that making you feel at home is a gift to ourselves.
Those who have come before us have paved the way for our spirit to prosper and grow – Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison and came out to preach peace, Mahatma Ghandi formulated his philosophy of passive resistance on our very streets, and the diminutive Archbishop Tutu continues to show the world that dynamite comes in small, but potent, packages.
Just look at our modern day sporting heroes – Natalie du Toit, Oscar Pistorius, Baby Jake and others – and you'll know that we're a nation that refuses to look at limitations. Instead we focus on the arena of possibilities, and we welcome you to come and do the same.
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