Many of COPES policies were allegedly cannibalised by the ANC in the form of slogans, campaigns and forms of policy to action. This is a moderate centre party with very bad blood towards the ANC, yet they do not have the militant hate of the EFF.
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.
On COPE’S agenda, agriculture and education are key. This fits in very well within the needs of Madibeng and the North-West respectively. 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 was the first splint-off faction to turn its hand and teeth against the ANC for their corruption and Zuma loyalty. COPE is in line with the call of the EFF regarding ‘Zuma must fall,’ yet they do not believe in any form of force or violence, be it incited or circumstantial. This party is for the balanced and critical minded. Should you vote for them, your local Madibeng candidate is Isaac Mopi.