Moral Regeneration Month.
- July marks the commemoration of Moral Regeneration Month.
- Coincides with Mandela Day and calls on SA to recommit to building communities.
- A timely moment in the country’s trajectory.
- The Wire celebrates SA Allstars showing the way to moral health & prosperous communities.
- Lerato Kganyago, Nonzamo Mbatha, Ama Qamata, Siya & Rachel Kolisi protect humanity and community wellbeing.
July marks the commemoration of Moral Regeneration Month and, coinciding with Mandela Day, The Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) is calling on all South Africans to reflect, recommit, and rededicate themselves to building prosperous and caring communities. This could not be more pressing at this time in the country’s trajectory.
Fmr President Nelson Mandela was considered the main inspiration for the formation of the MRM as he paved the way for social cohesion and nation-building. Moral Regeneration Month also marks the adoption of the Charter for Positive Values, a guideline to human dignity and equality, material wellbeing and economic justice while protecting humanity and the environment for the greater good. Inspired by the movement’s potential, in this article, The Wire shines a light on SA Allstars who are being the change they wish to see.
In partnership with her brand, Flutter by LKG, the media personality delivered much-needed hope to the homeless of Johannesburg with her blanket drive last month. Passionate about giving back, the media personality shared a video on Instagram giving warmth to those who need it most and thanked Aranda Textile Mills for helping to make it possible. Earlier this year, Lerato also teamed up with Somizi, Ayanda Thabethe, Lamiez Holworthy, Moflava and Naked DJ to host #EndPeriodPoverty, a Zoom event to help address lack of access to sanitary products for women in underprivileged communities.
Over 300,000 school learners in SA have been affected by the global pandemic and Nonzamo Mbatha is taking action to ensure children receive a quality education. Passionate about philanthropy, earlier this year the Coming 2 America star’s Lighthouse Foundation donated over R1 million to South African pupils severely affected by the Corona Virus. The actress founded The Lighthouse Foundation in 2017 and has been supporting marginalised youth, child-headed homes and senior citizens since. On top of all her endeavours, Nonzamo also serves as an Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency and recently partnered up with UNICEF and the Cotton On Foundation to help deliver one million Covid-19 vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable communities.
In her pursuit to rebuild communities in a time of disheartening uncertainty, Blood and Water star Ama Qamata is reminding Mzanzi about the power of community. With the global pandemic presenting SA with new obstacles, Ama recently returned to her rural Eastern Cape roots to give hope to the Ngcobo community by funding 20 high-achieving pupils from a local school who needed their fees paid. The actress has been passionate about youth development since the age of 15 and feels blessed with a career that allows her to give back.
The Kolisi Foundation, founded by Rachel and Sia Kolisi, is building communities by empowering under-resourced communities, breaking barriers of inequality and, “remembering the one, one by one”. The Mzanzi power couple is on a mission to change the narrative of inequality by providing resources and advocating for systemic change. This mission is shaped around support in areas such as food security and gender-based violence as well as education and sports development. On Youth Day last month, The Kolisi Foundation teamed up with Hilton College teacher, Kwanda Sibaya, and his team of six for a 500km cycling & running initiative to raise R500 000 for children’s education in Sibaya’s hometown, Manguzi. On his 30th birthday, the Springbok Captain assured Mzansi that the Kolisi Foundation’s quest to uplift marginalised communities is far from over: “The 30-year-old me wants to change so many 10-year-olds’ stories from where I come from…I want to make sure that the ‘next Siya doesn’t have to struggle the way I struggled”.
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