what are values

A value refers to a specific human standard and framework of behaviour or mode of conduct preferred by a family, a community and/or a society. In order to raise and preserve the moral standard in a society and, by extension, the quality of life for all citizens, a set of values is necessary against which all of society is measured. Values should underpin our constitution and all legislation and societal systems that flow from it.  Values enable us to build good trusting relationships between ourselves as responsible and law-abiding citizens, regardless of colour, creed, race, religious background, gender, or ethnicity.


The values listed below, which are derived from the seven primary values, are divided into three streams: Values promoting responsibilities for South African citizens, Moral Values and Principles, and Batho Pele (people first) Principles for public engagement. The values in each section are in no particular order, other than being alphabetic.