The Charter of Positive Values:
The adoption of the Charter of Positive Values by the South African society is one of the major achievements of MRM. In fact, the entire process from the start of consultations with the various communities to find common grounds ensured that values became part of the discourse. People from all walks of life were forced to think about the South Africa they wanted they wanted to live in and subsequently the values they felt would bring that about.
Through the charter process the MRM has also managed to form partnerships with other structures involved with societal renewal, through values, i.e. The National Heritage Council, the CLR, NHTL, etc.
MRM month has also led to revive interest in that a number of organisations and structures have approached us with proposals and offers of how we can work together.
The MRM has launched structures in practically all the provinces, districts and municipalities. Almost all provinces have provincial committees with some being more active than others.
Role of the stakeholders:
Important stakeholders such as Labour and Business are not participating in our initiatives. Given the challenges in transforming the economy, the issues around farm workers, the impact of mining in communities etc. the participation by these stakeholders is crucial.
Duplication of Work:
The sudden burgeoning of organisations all purporting to be dealing with values, has brought about the duplication of work where instead of complementing each other to strengthen the moral renewal effort, each organisation is doing the same thing or working in competition to one another, e.g. Heartline, the Bill of Morals, Character of Positive Values.
In as much as the appropriate governance structures have been set up, i.e. the Conference Board and Secretariat, unavailability of resources makes it difficult to hold the Annual National conference, to have provincial representation on the Board of Directors and to have an adequately staffed Secretariat.
The main challenge within Provincial Governments is the lack of uniformity in how MRM is positioned within the Provincial government, districts and municipalities. This leads to problems with accountability, coordination as well as budget allocation. Also, there is a lack of strong civil society leadership, fueled by lack of resources within our communities.
Funding of MRM comes from the three tiers of government and the main challenge is coordination and accountability, leading to under-sourcing of the National Programme’
GIVEN MORE RESOURCES WHAT COULD WE DO
With more resources we would be able to hold social dialogues in communities throughout the year. We could deal with issues pertinent to each community on parenting, per pressure, commercialisation of traditional practices and values which we believe result in teenage pregnancies, substance abuse, ukuthwala (child abductions), etc.
Full time Coordinators:
We would be able to employ fulltime coordinators to ensure proper provincial coordination that accounts to the National MRM.
We would maximise our systems of Information dissemination.
We would enhance our role of advocacy for better service delivery to communities by the relevant service providers with information based on feedback garnered from social dialogues.
We would be able to convene forums for/with partners who deal with positive values to ensure cohesion of programmes.
The charter of election ethics:
In 2014 MRM produced a Charter of Election for the General Elections. The Charter was supported by the IEC, SABC and funded by PRASA.
The 2014 Charter pronounced on the following?
- Voting is a moral obligation
- Voting is a right
- Voting is a fruit of the tree of liberation
The election Charter was focused on acting ethically when voting or administering the voting process.
Charter of Elections for 2016 General Elections: Local Government
MRM is in partnership with SALGA in reviewing the 2014 Charter of Elections to adapt it to the new Charter for the 2016 Local Government Elections.
MRM has established a ‘think tank’ formed of SALGA, MRM and partners which include Ethics SA, Corruption Watch and members of the academic and community sectors.