Public Talk on Cooperatives and Development – Learning From Successful Cooperative Experiences From Africa

Date(s): 1 March, 2008 – 15:0017:00
Location: Nohar Road Hall, Northdale, Pietermaritzburg

The city of Pietermaritzburg is the capital city of the Province of Kwazulu-Natal. Over the past few years the cities local economy has been in decline and many workers have lost their jobs through factory closures. Poverty is generally on the increase. A progressive local religious organisation is calling a public meeting to talk to these challenges. It has called on community organisations, charities, activists, and interested citizens to attend. The main speaker for the event will be the Executive Director of COPAC, Vishwas Satgar,  who will share insights from COPAC’s  current research focusing on successful cooperative experiences from Africa.

COPAC Submission to DTI Review of Cooperatives Act, No. 14, of 2005

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.

COPAC Workshop and Launch of COPAC Research Report- Passion of the People: Successful Cooperative Experiences from Africa

Posted April 17th, 2008 by vishwas

Date(s): 18 April, 2008 – 13:00
Location: Childrens Resources Centre, Rondebosch, Cape Town

COPAC Workshop and Launch of COPAC Research Report- Passion of the People: Successful Cooperative Experiences from AfricaCOPAC has convened this forum with cooperatives, activists, cooperative development practitioners and support organisations to share the findings of its research on 20 successful cooperative on the African continent including two successful colleges. This meeting will also receive a presentation on and discuss COPAC Notes on Rebuilding South African Cooperative Movements from Below As a Movement-Of-Movements

Cooperative Alternatives to Capitalist Globalisation

From the 8th to 10th June 2006, at Devonshire Hotel, Johannesburg, the Co-operative and PolicyAlternative Center (COPAC) in partnership with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation co-hosted an international conference. This conference was entitled: Co-operative Alternatives to Capitalist Globalisation – Building Human Solidarity to Sustain Life. The conference was motivated and informed by various considerations.

In particular we recognised thefollowing:

  • The policy process for the development ofco-operatives had entered a new phase in South Africa with the passing of a newCo-operatives Act in 2005 and the formulation of a new Co-operatives Policywithin the Department of Trade and Industry. It was felt the conference could provide a platform to dialogue around the implementation challenges of such progressive legal and policy reform and draw on lessons that could be learnt from an international dialogue;
  • A need to share international experiences of people centred co-operative movements and initiatives and how they have engaged with the current wave of globalising capitalism and neo-liberal policy prescriptions. We hoped to use the conference platform to participate in an ongoing dialogue and search on the African continent for alternatives to capitalist globalisation through the Africa Social Forum process especially the more recent Bamako Appeal.

We invited many international guests – from Brazil, Ireland, Germany, Mauritius, India, China, Jordan and international co-operative movement organisations like CICOPA – to participate in the dialogue. We also invited a cross section of South African organisations involved in the co-operative movement and sector, including government at various levels.

This document captures a record of the conference. It includes the problem statement, written inputs submitted by international and national guests, an overview of outcomes and a contact list for all attendees to the conference. We are hoping the latter document would be utilised to continue the networking and solidarity building work begun at the conference.



Cooperative Alternatives to Capitalist Globalisation.pdf [4.2 MB]