In this article, I ask the question how we can relate ubuntu to South African land reform from
a practical-theological point of view. I will look at researchers’ efforts to understand ubuntu
and how these efforts do and do not integrate into the conversation around land reform.
Referring to land reform, I will focus on two private narratives as opposed to dominant
public narratives. An in-depth discussion on legislation and research on perspectives of
land ownership therefore falls outside of the ambit of this article. In conclusion, I will argue
that the relationship between a landowner and his or her dispossessed coworkers can be the
fertile soil which ubuntu requires to find sustainable local answers to land reform.