Our country has made some important gains in the constitutional arena over the past two decades, and we take pride in these achievements. The incidents of the past few years put a serious strain on these gains. Hence the need to defend the democratic breakthrough of 1994 at all costs. It therefore means that the current character of the struggle is divided between good governance, ethical leadership, accountability on one hand, and bad governance, unaccountable leadership and state capture, on the other.
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The Constitution of South Africa [Act 108 of 1996] states that the Republic of South Africa is one, sovereign, democratic state founded on the following values:
Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms.
Non-racialism and non-sexism.
If I kill, I am killing myself:
“When I kill an Arab, a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu, a communist, whatever it is, I am killing myself. I wonder if you realise this, basically.”
Supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law.
The Centre for Good Governance and Social Justice aims to promote social cohesion programmes and campaigns including eliminating racism in SA.
Universal adult suffrage, a national common voters roll, regular elections and a multi-party system of democratic government, to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness.
We have therefore resolved to establish a Centre for Good Governance and Social Justice NPC [Centre] to defend and enhance a culture of good citizenry, ethical leadership, good governance, social cohesion, human rights and to develop a platform of common and complementary action across and between different sectors in order to achieve equality, equity and fairness of purpose.
The founders of the Centre commits and undertakes to promote, advocate for, defend and advance that the Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled. All our actions and programmes are guided by these constitutions values.
The Centre is apolitical, autonomous and independent of any and all political influence.
THE CENTRE is an initiative led by people who actively participated in the destruction of apartheid. They remain resolute in the advance of good governance, ethical leadership, accountability and servant leadership. The Centre therefore becomes a platform for the transformation of society, and believe in the advancement of a society whose values are based on the core principles of good governance and social justice [promotion of socio-economic rights, the rule of law, public accountability, and open governance.
THE CENTRE is a public interest litigation project that stands ready to ensure and enforce, through litigation, any violation of the values of the Constitution of South Africa, for example, the rule of law, human rights and public administration. We work to ensure that the conduct of relevant organs of state and of those who exercise significant private and public power in relevant fields accords with the Constitution.
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The Centre’s Key Programmes include:
- Anti-Corruption and Ethical Governance
- Accountability and Ethical Leadership
- The rule of law
- Human Rights for all.
- Equal Access to Socio Economic Opportunities
- Access to Basic Services
- Access to Health, Environment and Welfare.
- Early Learning Centres
- Drug and Substance Abuse
- Gender Based Violence
- Moral Regeneration
- Farmworkers Labour Rights
- Evictions and Land Tenure Rights
- Consumer Rights
- Electoral Management
- Civic Education
- Voter Education
Training Institute for Good Governance
- Local Government SETA
- Services SETA
- AGRI – SETA.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The overarching objectives of the Centre include:
- The overarching objectives of the Centre is to promote, deepen and champion good governance and social justice by:
- Sustainable programmes aimed at enhancing public awareness about the negative impact of corruption, maladministration and unethical leadership.
- Promoting and deepening sustainable development of democracy, social justice, the rule of law, constitutionalism and human rights of South Africans.
- Advocacy and mobilisation of farmworkers and to ensure that they know their labour rights on farms, and consumer rights.
- Promote moral regeneration and social cohesion amongst South Africans.
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF THE CENTRE
The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality (previously Bophirima District Municipality) is a Category C municipality located in the North West Province. It is bordered by Ngaka Modiri Molema and Dr Kenneth Kaunda in the north, and John Taolo Gaetsewe in the south, which is a cross-boundary within the Northern Cape. It is the largest district in the province, making up almost half of its geographical area. The district municipality comprises five local municipalities: Naledi, Greater Taung, Kagisano-Molopo, Mamusa and Lekwa-Teemane. It is one of four districts in the province, with poor rural areas, formerly situated in the former Bophuthatswana homeland. With the population situated in more than 470 villages and towns dispersed in a 250km radius (approximately 50km north to south and 200km east to west), this district presents unique management and organisational challenges.
Mamusa Local Municipality (NW393) covers a total area of approximately 3 681 km². This land mass is 7,8% of the total area of the Dr. Ruth S Mompati District Municipality. The administrative centre of the municipality is in the rural area of Schweizer-Reneke situated on the banks of the Harts River and at the foot of the Mamusa hills. The town of Schweizer-Reneke is the only town in Mamusa Local Municipality and is surrounded by agricultural farms.
Schweizer-Reneke is the main administration centre for the local municipality and is closer to the township called Ipelegeng.
Amalia is a farm (class S – Spot Feature) in Province of North-West (North-West), South Africa (Africa) with the region font code of Africa/Middle East. It is located at an elevation of 1,542 meters above sea level;
Glaudina is a town situated in Schweizer-Reneke, North West, South Africa, its geographical coordinates are 27° 2′ 0″ South, 25° 38′ 0″ East and
Migdol situated in Schweizer-Reneke, North West, South Africa, its geographical coordinates are 26° 54′ 0″ South, 25° 27′ 0″ East.
The Mamusa Local Municipality is situated about 70 km from Vryburg, where the district municipality offices reside.