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Sonja Kruse – Ubuntu Girl

Sonja Krouse The Ubuntu GirlWould you, at an absolute whim after your sister’s wedding in East London, give up everything you have? This, of course, to begin a journey travelling across South Africa with 100 bucks in your pocket and the clothes on your back, in search of the real meaning of “”Umuntu, Ngumuntu, Ngabantu”?

Yes, it really is okay, I don’t think many people would! Let alone travel across 9 provinces for a year, relying on the absolute kindness of strangers. One very brave woman has, and she has one heck of a story to tell as ‘Ubuntugirl’.

Sonja Kruse has spent a year travelling across South Africa, sans credit card or comfy hotel bed, in a somewhat bizarre, but always incredibly fascinating, quest to discover the real meaning of Ubuntu, and give this sometimes ethereal concept a human face. She does this beautifully, eloquently and with an incredible sense of pathos, which makes you all warm and fuzzy being a South African all over again, and really want to find a way to make a difference, pay it forward, and BE a better ‘Seffrican’.

She has a great website,, or follow her on Twitter on @TheUbuntuGirl. This dynamo is due to publish the Ubuntugirl book towards the end of 2012 and is involved in Ubuntu upliftment projects. She is a motivational speaker, and is also quite the photographer. Sonja Kruse, Ubuntugirl, calls Cape Town her hometown. Remember her name, you’ll be hearing it again.

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