About Us

Core Values and Principles

Core Values: 

Social cohesion, including non-racism, non-sexism, and democracy, the values articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Bill of Rights.

Appreciation of the full range of our diversity and the resourcefulness of our people is enhanced.

Open to all political persuasions provided commitment to Constitution of SA, our vision, mission and values. 

Guiding Principles:

Non-party political.

Integrated society across racial and class lines.

A network / forum of activists supporting and co-ordinating activities that promote social cohesion and poverty alleviation.

Cooperation with (and lobbying of) government and the private sector on common goals.

Actively tackling instances of racism in every corner of our society.

Non-competition with/ parallel programmes to those run by other organisations with tangible success, seeking to broaden their  scope or partner with them.

Developing young leaders with a sense of service to the people of all communities.

Developing an Environmentally friendly agenda to promote development.

Health Sub-committee

The health sub-committee has three directors sitting on the boards of 2 provincial hospitals and it has created a PUBLIC, PRIVATE, COMMUNITY HEALH FORUM (PPCHF) to drive change within the healthcare sector. ACM-PMB has facilitated 67 cataract operations at a Mandela day programme, in partnership with a private hospital, private donors and a provincial hospital in which free cataract operations were provided to poor patients, some of whom were on a waiting list for 3 years. ACM-PMB has negotiated with another private hospital to do 30 free cataract operations per month for a year. Most importantly, it has secured high-tech eye care equipment from a private hospital for use at a provincial hospital. The objective is to build capacity in that public hospital. ACM-PMB embarked on on a project, whereby, 500 cataract operations were done in early 2019; this is part of the addressing of a current backlog of 6000 cataract patients in the district. Healthcare strategic planning is a work in progress. Provincial healthcare has dire challenges. The NHS requires an organised civil society as a part of its structure to ensure that healthcare service delivery is a priority over new business models.

Education Sub-committee

The ACM-PMB Education Sub-Committee is currently involved in an Educare programme which has seen the adoption of two rural schools and 1 urban school with the goal to provide Early Childhood Development facilities and services at these schools. The centres will also be day-care centres. One such project is to be launched imminently in a township in Ezitikeni and will house 200 children between 1 and 5 years with a qualified teacher and 4 learner teachers, whose training will be supported by a private school and funded by private donors. This is an initiative seeking to address the education crisis at the root point of impact. The strategic plan is to have 39 ECD centres - one in each ward of PMB. A partnership with institutions of higher learning is critical.

Environmental Sub-committee

ACM-PMB Envirocare talks to integrating a large - scale awareness programme in schools and communities about the climate crisis. However, economic driven projects will facilitate an action plan to educate and empower communities to clean their spaces and to develop community gardens. The process of embarking on education about the climate crisis, will drive long term activism. Such activism it is envisaged, will organically develop its own vision to create smart communities that will embrace and advocate for clean energy in their communities eg. through solar energy and other models of clean energy.

ACM-PMB is currently embarking on an initiative whereby a semi-informal community comprising of about 8000 people is to be given access to clean access to water and proper sanitation services. Further, environmentally sustainable initiatives through use of solar energy, recycling initiatives and protection of and recycling of the water supply are planned. The vision is to also build an innovation hub. Job creation, skills development & economic development will be focused on in the green and digital informal economy. This same community is the pilot site for the ECD programme of 200 children.