“Corruption, criminality, tax evasion, venality, theft, disrespect for human life, fraud, rape, the abuse of women and children, unbridled self-gratification, drunkenness, extortion and family breakdown, much of it touched by violence, the outward forms of a diseased social climate which affects all of us”

– Nelson Mandela

“Morals are beliefs people have about right and wrong; good and bad; their aspirations for their lives; the virtues they practice and vices they denounce; the responsibilities and obligations they accept; the things they feel entitled to; the standards that govern their sense of fair play; the ideals that shape their sense of what is worthy”

– Professor David Kelly
The MRM is primarily a movement and not an organization. It does not seek to replace or duplicate any of the existing initiatives and processes aimed at combating moral degeneration. Its mandate is to be a networking platform for all these various processes and initiatives. Therefore, structures are put in place to facilitate the work of MRM aim primarily at facilitating the envisaged networks and partnerships. They also seek to promote local action and commitment from within the various communities of the country at their various levels of existence and operation.

MRM Month Rationale

MRM Month is a month where the Moral Regeneration Movement calls on the Nation – all South Africans and all those who live within our borders -  to take stock of our lives to celebrate the good, acknowledge the hard work that is done by men and women moral regeneration practitioners as well as all those who have dedicated their lives to doing good; individuals, organisations or institutions, who promote positive values and work towards strengthening and enhancing the building of a moral, just and humane society.

July was chosen as MRM Month for the following reasons:

  • It is the month in which the Charter of Positive Values was formerly adopted at a ceremony held at the Waterkloof Air Force Base endorsed by the then Deputy President of South Africa, the Hon Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as Patron of the Moral Regeneration Movement. The event was attended by about 3000 South Africans from all walks of life, especially those that had been part of the consultations of the formulations of the Charter: civil society, academia, business, labour, political parties, Faith Based Organisations, Women, Youth formations and other stakeholders.
  • It is the birth month of Former President Nelson Mandela who convened the first Moral Summit to discuss the spiralling moral decay that was becoming pervasive in our country.

It is also to give time and space for all South Africans to reflect on the state of the nation regarding our moral and ethical behaviour and to encourage one another to aim to improve for the sake of attaining a sustainable moral, just, humane, stable and prosperous nation.

In his inaugural address as first president of a democratic South Africa, Madiba said “out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all”. We were all invited to contribute to the realization of his vision. The Moral Regeneration Movement has a presence in all the nine provinces. According to an impact study conducted a few years ago, the Moral Regeneration Movement has made its impact in varying degrees of effectiveness. Efforts are afoot to restructure its modus operandi in order to root it in such a way so as to contribute meaningfully in the national transformation agenda and pave the way for social cohesion. Like any well-oiled organization, Moral Regeneration Movement can only carry out its mandate effectively by being rooted in the areas where people live, work, worship, learn, do business, interact with three spheres of government and entertain or relax themselves.


Social Africa’s racial and ethnic diversity has the capacity to inspire and enrich a culture and value system that can sustain the values embodied in this Charter. Thus, we dedicate ourselves as a nation to:


  • Respect Human Dignity and Equality: Our constitution affirms that human beings are born free and with equal dignity.


  • We also commit ourselves to:
  • Respect the worth of all individuals, irrespective of social origin, race, gender, age, status and class.
  • Fight against the physical and emotional harassment of women that results in rape and other forms of abuse.
  • Eradicate the abuse of children brought about by social ills such as malnutrition, child labour, drug trafficking, pornography and prostitution.
  • Care for all who are weak and disadvantaged: the poor, the aged, the disabled, and all those unable to care for themselves.
  • Oppose any form of physical, emotional, and/or psychological abuse or ill-treatment of another human being.
  • Overcome discrimination based on status, custom, culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, health-status, and tradition.
  • Work for the physical security and protection of all people.



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