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Joseph could soon afford his own home an even bought a light vehicle to commute safely to and from his work.

Today Joseph is the factory manager. He earns a good salary, while Thandi stays home caring for their three children.

What at first seemed to be a hopeless situation for Joseph, turned into a bright future with the help of somebody who believed in him. Through Joseph’s honesty, perseverance, his willingness to learn and his hard work, he managed to secure a good future for himself and his family, while making a significant contribution to the country’s economy. Joseph’s sons will also be able to enter the job market more confidently one day.

  • In Joseph’s story, who displayed UBUNTU?
  • Do you know more people who practise UBUNTU? Explain briefly how this person lives out the principle of UBUNTU.

In 2004 South Africa celebrated its first decade of democracy. Over a period of ten years, and thereafter, much has been done to try and redress economic imbalances.

Activity 1:

To discuss a topic and formulate a definition thereof

[lo 2.2]

  • In groups, discuss what UBUNTU means and write a short explanatory definition.
  • Discuss the different groups’ definitions and ask the class to compile one clear definition.

Activity 2:

To answer questions relating to a specific issue

[lo 2.2]

This is how John Monqu describes the experiences of his everyday life.

“We now have brick houses which are not as cold and wet in winter. There is a tap with clean, running water on the corner of every street, and it is accessible to all. Children are sick less often and the clinic supplies good medicine if somebody becomes ill. All my children can read and write, because the school bus picks them up on the street corner in the morning, and drops them in the afternoon. We have not had a fire in our area for a long time, as people now have electricity in their homes, so that they do not have to resort to paraffin stoves and candles. However, our work is still a problem. Most of the industries are far from here and taxis do not offer a very reliable and safe means of transport. At night it is still very dangerous outside. Gangster activities are rife and the police are not visible enough to really make a difference.”

a) First study this excerpt carefully and then…

  • list the changes (improvements) that have already been effected by the present government, according to John;
  • also identify the areas that still need attention;
  • compare John’s view of the changes with changes you are experiencing in your own communities.

b) Conduct interviews with other grade 7 learners and write down their ideas on how government can still make adjustments to redress imbalances.


Learning Outcomes(LOs)
LO 2
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENTThe learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of sustainable growth, reconstruction and development, and to reflect critically on related processes.
Assessment Standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
2.1 collects information on the influence of apartheid economic policies on ownership , poverty , wealth and quality .
2.2 identifies steps required to redress socio- economic imbalances and poverty.


According to the case-study:

  • Mr Wall
  • Take note of the positive effect it has on the lives of other people

Activity 1

  • Learners formulate their own definitions of Ubuntu with reference to the case-study.

Activity 2

  • Houses (built of bricks)

Drinking water from a tap


Access to schools

Transport to schools

Electricity supply

  • Far from workplace

Poor public transport

Unsafe residential areas


Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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