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ADM APPLAUDED FOR PAVING THE WAY IN THE REVIVAL OF DISTRICT MRM STRUCTURE
Saturday, 20 July 2014
Amathole District Municipality (ADM) was hailed for being the first district in the entire Eastern Cape to revive Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM). This follows a decision by the champion
of MRM Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa and Eastern Cape Premier Pumullo Musualle in a meeting that was held at the provincial legislature in April 2014.
The meeting mandated six district municipalities and four metros in the province, to revive MRM structures in local municipalities that are under their jurisdiction. This was amid allegations that
MRM structures that existed before this period were reactive.
Six months down the line ADM delivered on the mandate as a result of a two-day conference held at the East London International Convention Centre from 18-19 September 2014. The Conference gave birth to a brand new District MRM structure and is a culmination of a two-week build-up Conferences held at seven (7) local municipalities under the ADM jurisdiction .
The District Elective Conference was constituted by fifteen (15) committee representative members who were elected at the Local Municipality MRM Conferences. The elected committee members are from civil society structures.
Speaking after the Conference, a visibly excited District MRM Champion ADM Speaker Councillor Samkelo Janda said the convention was a recommitment to communities to revive the moral fibre in the society. This, he said after acknowledging that though government has progressed well in providing physical development, more needed to be done to curb the slowly degenerating social aspect as far as conscious moral living is concerned.
"[Significant] strides were taken after the formation of the MRM structure in 2011 at a district level. The calling of this conference is to revive and recommit to actively deal with the prevalent day-by-day social ills. Fortunately, the commitment is there and has been made by structures of the civil society to partner with government in this fight", said Janda.
Janda said the civil society has reconfirmed positive values that were developed by MRM since its inception in 2009. They have agreed on 8 priority areas and have merged each with positive values.
These values are:
• Development and Ethical Leadership.
• The Family.
• Riches and Poverty.
• Crime and Corruption.
The MRM was established 2003. It is a brainchild of the negotiations that were started by the former South African President, the late Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and its champion Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa in 1992. At the time it was housed in the office of the then Deputy President Thabo Mbeki. The programme was later cascaded down to premiers nationwide and was subsequently directed to municipalities so as to be run by the speaker' office in the 52 districts of the Republic of South Africa. Father Mkhatshwa remains committed to the cause after so many years of service.
Issued by the Amathole District Municipality’s Communications & Customer Care Unit.
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