Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngamantu. I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours. - Zulu Proverb
The spritual foundation of South African society, Ubuntu involves a belief in a universal bond of sharing and respect that connects all of humanity. Ubuntu is a concept formally recognised by the 1996 South African Governmental White Paper on Welfare as, "The principal of caring for each other's well-being...and a spirit of mutual support...Each individual's humanity is ideally expressed through his or her relationship with others and theirs in turn through recognition of the individuals humanity.