About MUSA

Rationale

South Africa is confronted with problems that challenge both government and society.
The main being poverty, inequalities and unemployment, a crisis, with high levels of poverty, Gini Coefficient ratios and unemployment rates in all sectors of society across race, class and gender including youth. Corruption and weaknesses in government and society, capital’s extremes, the legacies of apartheid, classism, patriarchy and racism have also been amongst the historical causes as they persist and narrow nationalisms rise both globally and locally.
Violence, crime and the immoral and unethical actions of a few are also said to be amongst contributing factors of the condition. We believe that government and people across our diverse and cosmopolitan society have goodwill and the ability, resources and resolve to face these problems and provide effective and efficient services to fulfil the socio-economic, political and cultural rights of the poor. However, there is still the need for us to overcome our inward-looking attraction with selfish interests as groups and instead focus outwardly on the universal vision, values and mission as sources of civilisational renewal, to respond to the hopes of our many communities for one nation and one world in faith by and trust in God.
People in communities are the stewards of this noble task of the practice of justice for all. The purposes or intents of our mission essential for survival and quality of life are the protection of life (human, animal, earth and plant); family (community); property (wealth); faith (participation, self-determination); knowledge (intellect, mind) and dignity.

Our Vision

Network to build peace, harmony, socio-economic development, anti-racism and social cohesion

Our Mission

1. The development of competencies and expertise that are required for active citizenship and active public participation in social, political and economic life is one of the most critical aspects for a working democracy built on the notion of citizens and workers, as co-producers of rights, wealth and social services rather than as simply consumers of rights and services.
2. Community-based education or community learning constitutes one of the most effective mediums and ways of improving the competencies and capacities of people as citizens and as producers; of strengthening and consolidating the work and contributions of individuals, organizations and communities to improve their quality of life. There is therefore a dire need for a movement that pays equal attention to community learning and development and that focuses on the disadvantaged individuals, groups and communities in the inner-cities, townships and rural areas.
3. Create an inclusive and expanding community with an economy that generates income streams for the majority of citizens.

Goals

1. Represent the interests of poor communities in the economy, political, social and cultural arenas. Create safe spaces for all vulnerable communities.
2. Actively promote non-violence and peace in the Southern African region through programmes and activities.
3. Work with other organisations and structures to advance our mutual goals.
4. Be inspired by and advance principles of faith and groups through all actions.
5. To provide education, training and capacity-building programs on community development and worker education.
6. Enter into Memorandums of Understanding with organisations with similar aims and objectives to leverage the tasks at hand and also avoid duplicating of work.

Aims

1. To foster closer cooperation among diverse leadership structures with shared leadership responsibilities while drawing together the private individuals and groups to look at the key common problems facing local communities.
2. To network, organise with and mobilise the human and organisational resources in communities and South African society that will reduce, or eliminate inequality and fulfil the needs of the poor in townships, inner-cities, towns and the rural areas of South Africa.
3. To organise community education and development programmes or cooperate with organisations that provide the services that the community may need.
4. To co-operate and spread our reach and operations in the Southern African region enlisting support from all quarters as the concept and operations are developed.

Objectives

1. To meet with individuals and groups for scenario analysis and explain our purpose and proposal with the view of mobilising support, opportunities, expertise and volunteers.
2. To capacitate individuals and groups for the tasks of community profiling and surveys.
3. To compile community profiles including needs of the poor in areas that are convenient and to analyse and draft reports that will guide in identifying needs, capacities and interests.
4. To organise community meetings for profiling and to identify the requisite Need Fulfilment which lead to prioritize practical plans of action in a structured way.
5. Complete or simultaneous fulfilment of all needs and activities will be difficult but profiles will assist in the formulation of objectives.
6. To compile surveys and analyses of government, NGOs and CBOs in servicing people’s needs and their classification in the research samples and operational areas.,
7. To compile and analyse selected data to assist in the designated areas obtained from research bodies.
8. To promote learning and social development work with individuals and groups in their communities using a range of formal and informal methods.
9. To use social dialogue and principles of pedagogy of the oppressed, borderless pedagogy, poor – and theatre of the oppressed to develop educational and development programs with communities and participants.
10. To develop the capacity of individuals and groups of all ages to improve their quality of life.
11.To empower individuals and communities with capacities required for participation in democratic processes.

Activities

1. Action those activities that revolve around the above objectives
2. To mobilise volunteers from schools and universities doing community services. Networking with government, municipalities, NGOs and CBOs that conduct training and that fulfil prioritised needs.
3. To continue with profiling and surveying as per the objectives and gather data from available sources.
4. To plan and design projects that complement those of government, NGOs and CBOs.
5. To host a website and other social media platforms to enhance the concept of community building by the use of education and development programmes.
6. To examine and report on the Nation Building Campaigns of post-1994.
7. To deal with issues of racism, classism and patriarchy on community development and family institutions.

Focus Area Programmes

• Community Organising & Development
• Social Leadership & Social entrepreneurship
• Gender and Development
• Teacher Development programs
• Student Development programs
• Political and Social Development
• Educational tours and eco-tourism
• Political and Social Development
• Community & Participatory Action Research
• Community discussion & study groups
• Annual school on the green - & solidarity
• Economy, food security and climate change
• Community Theatre, Film and Literature events
• Peace and Anti-Racism Education
• Community and Occupational Health and Safety

Charter, Constitution and Codes

1. Presently, a group of individuals who communicate electronically and consult between themselves, with academics, scholars, intellectuals and communities.
2. Faith- and groups, supporters and individuals from townships, the inner-cities, towns and rural areas are to be consulted, recruited and represented as members and/or volunteers.
3. A charter has been prepared and will be developed through our networking.
4. A constitution and code of ethics will evolve in our networking and interaction through this proposal and activities.

Funding and Accountability

1. Funding of activities will only be sourced after the initial strategic planning, profiling and analysis.
2. Piloting two profiling meetings in communities, results and formalising for capacity building programmes will require budget estimates for grant funding.
3. Salaried staff, honorariums and stipends will be awarded to sustain the organisation, its programmes and administration as it develops.
4. All aspects of service, accounting standards, transparency and accountability will be built into systems of governance.