The Cooperative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC) welcomes this opportunity to review the national Cooperatives Act 14 of 2005 and to participate in a national consultative process with other stakeholders. Our starting point for engaging this process recognises:
(1) the Cooperatives Act 2005 is generally progressive and takes on board most international principles and values that uphold the distinctive identity of cooperatives;
(2) research we have been doing and the learning acquired from cooperatives on the ground points to the need to improve on certain important aspects of our regulatory framework for cooperatives;
(3) improving government regulatory support for cooperatives also necessitates enhancing the overall policy-framework in which Cooperative legislation has to operate.