COPE Policy documents.
COPE recognises that agriculture in our country, in its totality, is under siege. COPE will reform regulations and seek an agriculture “CODESA” to achieve a mutually beneficial approach. Good farmers will get encouragement and bad farmers will get support to improve their skills and management. COPE believes that company owned farms listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange will allow people to buy shares and enjoy co-ownership without sacrificing the economic viability of farms. Nearly ten thousand farmers left commercial farming in the past ten years and COPE will seek to reverse this calamitous situation. COPE believes that it is imperative that the government knows exactly how many successful farmers are still active.
Throwing tax money at the problem in farming is a policy that COPE will end. Training and skilling agriculturalists, black agriculturalists particularly, is what we will focus on. We need to guarantee food security and that requires investment on the one hand and skilled agriculturalists on the other. Buying and giving away farms without training and support is counterproductive. COPE will ensure that at least a million hectares with proper infrastructure, marketing plans and institutional support are devoted to sugar, forestry, grains, livestock and horticultural crops. The COPE's Agricultural Policy recognises that both black and white people of South Africa will need to be proportionately engaged in commercial agriculture through single or joint ventures. Rural communities practising subsistence farming will need to be given urgent and considerable support to create diversified systems of agriculture. This will best be achieved by encouraging rural farmers and smallholders to form viable groups.
BASIC EDUCATION FOR THE TIMES WE LIVE IN
COPE recognises the critical importance of education and training in building a prosperous country, creating jobs, and achieving social stability. We therefore undertake to provide –
- a national education teacher support centre;
- in-service teacher training;
- modern management courses for school principals;
- innovative and proven methods to make mathematics and science learning popular and successful;
- educators with computers and software to undertake management tasks;
- an electronic whiteboard in every class;
- intelligent lecterns to enable educators to access a recessed flat-screen monitor;
- a specially developed student computer to every student; and
- text books and stationery before the beginning of the school year.
COPE will seek to remedy the extensive vocabulary deficit many of our learners have and widen access to primary and secondary education through expanding the number of no fee schools. We will also improve the school-feeding scheme. COPE will also ensure that all schools are properly constructed, with access to electricity, water, sanitation, laboratories, libraries, etc. COPE will investigate whether educators should belong to professional associations and whether school days lost in protest should be compensated during school holidays. We will ensure that learners are protected from bullying, violence, substance abuse, pregnancy, inadequate nutrition, obesity, and gang influence.
COPE will use the World Health Organisation model to ensure that –
- exclusion and social disparities in health are reduced;
- health services are organised around people's needs and expectations;
- health services are integrated;
- continuous dialogue refines implementation; and
- effective stakeholder participation is guaranteed.
We will therefore implement swift measures to combat preventable and communicable diseases and to promote healthy lifestyles by increasing health literacy through all the means available to government. In respect of clinics we will have regular supplies of medicines and an adequate number of health professionals. In respect of hospitals COPE will provide access to emergency services, reduce long waiting times in hospitals through the use of information and communication technology systems, improve management, separate patients into (a) repeat treatment queues, (b) frail and aged, (c) mothers with babies, etc. to speed up processing of patients; COPE will also reform referral systems, maintain hospital infrastructure and ensure better cleanliness, security, and service. COPE will also develop a strategic partnership with the private health care providers to extend affordable health provision for all and retain healthcare professionals through incentives, continuous training and good working condition. COPE will also implement a comprehensive HIV and AIDS Strategy.
COPE will use the Housing Act of 1997 to create a sustainable national housing development process. In our view, improving access to housing finance and developing extensive partnerships with the financial sector is essential. Policy and funding reforms will have to occur at once. COPE will provide upgrading plans for informal settlements as well as approved plans with quantity surveyors’ bills of quantities for those who can build to do so with speed in given areas. COPE will reshape the spatial economy so that urban settlements can become functionally integrated, balanced and vibrant. To ensure that a functioning and equitable residential market will come into effect COPE will effect integration, institutional reforms and speedy changes to land management and infrastructure investment. COPE will continue to develop social housing as well as medium density rental housing within a viable human settlement. COPE strongly supports greenfield developments as well as the social and economic restructuring of South African cities and towns. We believe that it is high time for the building of communities to go hand in glove with the building of houses and amenities. COPE, therefore, believes that the concept of co-housing must gain traction. COPE supports the themes covered by the UN in a Habitat for a Better Urban Future.
Policing is about fighting crime and upholding law and order. Co-operation with communities is essential for successful policing. Under COPE police will recruit into the service quality candidates who have strong support from their respective communities. The South African Police Service derives its powers and functions from section 205 of the Constitution. As such, the police will offer a service, not act as a paramilitary force. The removal of guns from criminals will be our greatest priority. We will seek the co-operation of the nation to achieve this goal. Communities will have a complaints number to access supportive and sympathetic police service. A second big goal for us is to professionalise the police service. The continuous training of police is critical in achieving police success. An ongoing and rigorous enforcement of the police code of conduct and ethics by a dedicated and disciplined management will yield positive results. Police will receive encouragement to act proactively in preventing crime. COPE wants to see the seven-point plan implemented with vigour. The fight against corruption within the service will receive continuous attention. The Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation will get additional powers.
Safety & Security
The institutional foundations of the democratic transition in South Africa is premised on a movement from an authoritarian approach to policing to one that has fundamental respect for the human rights of others. For too long the apartheid police institutions played an active role in governing South Africa. Their role was to keep the policies and practices of the Apartheid government intact. In this sense, policing was political and the institution was thoroughly politicised by the old National Party government. The promise of democracy heralded a new approach to policing in South Africa. The South Africa Police Service was created in 1995 after an amalgamation of eleven police agencies made up from the old homeland Bantustans, the South African Police Force and the liberation movement security sections. With the onset of democracy in 1994, the role of the old police was overtaken by the democratic unfolding with freedom. Gone forever was the repressive role that the police was expected to play under apartheid.
Sixteen years into the new democracy, the new role of the police as defenders of the democratic constitution is under threat. Policing in South Africa is in the throes of a moral crisis that threatens the very basis of democracy.
Trade & Industry
COPE wants policy certainty, rule of law and labour stability with fairness. We will encourage companies to invest with full confidence in the economic environment. We will encourage innovation and knowledge creation to produce tradable goods of excellent quality at competitive prices. COPE will ensure that entrepreneurship takes root and that investors will see us as a favoured investment destination. Under COPE our country will see itself as part of Africa and trade extensively with African countries. To achieve higher rates of employment and inclusive growth, COPE will focus on decreasing ferment in labour by re-engineering NEDLAC, directing resources toward the creation of a stable and highly skilled labour force and introducing a universal share scheme that will allow labour to see itself as shareholders. Our goal of owner-workers is the way to go. We favour workers receiving their bonuses in the form of shares which they can sell if they wish to. COPE will strenuously promote public-private partnerships, small businesses and cooperatives. We will also address regional inequality, diversify the economy, promote investment and reduce dependence on extractable resources. The industrialising of our economy and the broadening of participation must occur in a spirit of give and take.
COPE A to Z
This dictionary / encyclopaedia approach for presenting party policies is unique. It allows for a quick and transparent way of locating the exact information a voter seeks. It is also very useful to enable a quick computer search. We have to make and refine ad infinitum to keep pace with the dynamics of a changing world. COPE’s presentation is unique and unmatched. As we interact with voters in our country this document, which is unending work in progress, will see new insertions, amplification, and revisions. This means that ordinary people will for the first time have the capability of influencing policy change. COPE knows that very few people, if any, will read through pages of policy documents. People want clear and crisp answers about those questions that are uppermost in their minds. With our approach the voter will turn to the easy to find entry and engage with our campaign leaders. The experience they have in the field will be fed to our policy making conferences and will help to shape our policy making. COPE trusts that this highly innovative method will serve a very useful purpose and encourage voters to understand our policies and engage with us.
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Read more about our position on Agriculture in this downloadable PDF. COPE Policy on Education
Read more about our position on Education in this downloadable PDF. COPE Policy on Health
Read more about our position on Health in this downloadable PDF. COPE Policy on Housing
Read more about our position on Housing in this downloadable PDF. COPE Policy on Policing
Read more about our position on Policing in this downloadable PDF. COPE Policy on Safety & Security
Read more about our position on Safety & Security in this downloadable PDF. COPE Policy on Trade & Industry
Read more about our position on Trade & Industry in this downloadable PDF. COPE A-Z Policy
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