08 July 2014 - Celebrating both the month of moral regeneration and Mandela Month, the Amathole Moral Regeneration Movement distributed groceries and winter blankets to two needy homes in Ward 13.
Reverend T Makaluza went through the establishment of the MRM which was a vision taken from the late former president Nelson Mandela in 1996 - where, when making his state of the nation address, said: “We need to have an RDP of the soul”. This led to the formation of the MRM looking at the morals and values (of ubuntu) of communities and re-instilling them back.
Taking a closer look, Amathole District saw the escalation of crime, abuse of the youth, elderly and women as a direct link with lack of morals in the communities. This lead them to focus on bringing a message of hope to communities from government that they are not forgotten Community members were encouraged to keep on talking to their ward committees, CDW’s and ward councillor’s in bringing cases of dire need to the attention of government. The delegation re-iterated that communities are the eyes and ears of government in their areas and are therefore in a space to engage when there is a need.
MaMnywabe (called by her clan name) who lives with her two grandchildren and the Lombo family (a child-headed home) with two sisters staying with their children were the identified beneficiaries. The movement also donated money in order to help put windows in the house of MaMnywabe as the windows were broken and the night chill was getting the best of the family.
Written by: Cynthia Mokitimi