Quality Of Life

 

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#QualityOfLife

TRANSPORT

LAND PARTY will invest in a modern, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport system that is reliable and affordable. We plan to introduce the Gautrain model railway all over the country to reform and open up the transport system.

 

  • LAND PARTY will introduce regulations to designate and protect routes of critical community value, including those that serve local schools, hospitals and isolated settlements in rural areas.

  • A LAND PARTY government will invest to regenerate the local and regional economies across the whole country, so that every area gets its fair share of transport investment.

  • A LAND PARTY government will complete the HS2 high-speed rail line from Johannesburg through Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Durban and then into East London, consulting with communities affected about the optimal route. We will link HS2 with other rail investments to harness the economic potential of new technologies and science; we will complete the Science Vale transport arc that runs from Cape Town to Mangaung through Johannesburg.

  • We will deliver rail electrification and expansion across the whole country, including in Northern Cape and the North West. We will also consult with local communities to open branch lines.

  • To prepare for global new trade arrangements, we will study the feasibility of port development across the country.

  • LAND PARTY will position South Africa at the forefront of the development, manufacture and use of ultra-low emission vehicles, supporting the creation of clean modes of transport through investment in low-emission vehicles.

  • We will continue to upgrade our highways and improve roadworks at known bottlenecks.

  • We will refocus the roads building and maintenance programmes, connecting our communities, feeding public transport hubs and realising untapped economic potential.

  • LAND PARTY recognises the need for additional airport capacity in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Free State, Northern Cape and North West.

 

Our plans will encourage and enable people to get out of their cars, for better health and a cleaner environment.

ENVIRONMENT

Our farms face an uncertain future, our fish stocks are collapsing, our oceans are used as dumping grounds, and our forests, green belt, national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and sites of special scientific interest are all under threat.

 

Investing in our environment is investing in our future. LAND PARTY will defend and extend existing environmental protections. We will champion sustainable farming, food and fishing by investing in and promoting skills, research, technology, market access and innovation.

 

  • Our stewardship of the environment needs to be founded on sound principles and based on scientific assessments.

  • We will establish a science innovation fund, working with farmers and fisheries that will include support for our small scale fishing industry.

  • We will safeguard habitats and species in the ‘blue belts’ of the seas and oceans.

  • We will set guiding targets for plastic bottle deposit schemes, working with food manufacturers and retailers to reduce waste.

  • We will protect our bees by prohibiting neonicotinoids.

  • We will work with farmers and foresters to plant a million trees of native species to promote biodiversity and better for food management.

 

Only a LAND PARTY government will prioritise a sustainable, long-term future for our farming, fishing and food industries, fund robust food resilience, invest in rural and coastal communities, and guarantee the protection and advancement of environmental quality standards.

ANIMAL WELFARE

South Africa faces major challenges with illegal hunting and poaching of wild animals; a lack of free sterilization projects; dog fighting as a sport, and no governmental support for emerging farmers to correctly and sustainably care for their animals.

 

LAND PARTY’s vision is for South Africa to lead the world with high animal welfare standards in the wild, in farming and for domestic animals.

 

  • LAND PARTY will support and educate emerging farmers on effective, hygienic, modern and cruelty-free animal husbandry practices.

  • We will increase the maximum sentence for those convicted of committing animal cruelty.

  • We will promote cruelty-free animal husbandry and consult on ways to ensure better enforcement of agreed standards.

  • We will prohibit the third-party sale of puppies, introduce and enforce a total ban on ivory trading, and support the ban on wild animals in circuses.

 

Animals in our food chain need welfare standards. Domestic animals require stronger protection from cruelty. Wild animals need a sustainable ecosystem. LAND PARTY will ensure all of this.

MEDIA

The SABC is a national asset which we should all be proud of; however, it is currently being run by inexperienced, uneducated and biased individuals with clear agendas for particular narratives and personal gain.

 

To protect democracy and media freedom, we will take steps to ensure that ICASA is better able to safeguard a healthy plurality of media ownership and to put in place clearer rules on who is fit and proper to own or run TV and radio stations.

 

  • LAND PARTY will hold a national review of local media and into the ownership of national media to ensure plurality.

  • We will ensure the SABC and public service broadcasting has a healthy future.

  • LAND PARTY will guarantee the future of African languages.

  • Local newspapers and broadcasting in South Africa are an important part of our democracy and culture.

  • We will support and uphold journalists’ freedom and ensure their safety and independence to be objective truth-tellers.

 

LAND PARTY will always support the media and uphold its independence.

SPORT

There is little or no history of voluntary youth sport in townships. With poverty rife, priorities lie elsewhere, physical education and sport has disappeared from the school curriculum which has reduced the exposure of young people to sport. There are too few sports facilities, little sport activity at school and very few community sports clubs.

 

LAND PARTY will ensure Sport must be run in the interests of those who participate in it and love it,

not just for a privileged few.

 

  • LAND PARTY government will allocate and invest more resources into grassroots sports including supporting clubs who are proactive in their community.

  • We will make sure that we introduce social tickets to cater for 15% of free tickets for the poor, the disabled and the pensioners.

  • The racial composition of national teams should not be advocated, nor should national federations be prescribed to on how they should select their teams. National teams should be selected on merit but transformation should be implemented at school/youth levels to prepare a broad basis of athletes for participation at higher levels in future.

  • We will give rugby, soccer and cricket supporters the opportunity to have a greater say in how their clubs are run.

  • Sporting events must be open and accessible to all. We will push sports authorities to make rapid improvements on access provision for fans with disabilities.

  • LAND PARTY will ensure the Premier Soccer League will invest 5 per cent of its television rights income into the grassroots game to help the next generation of players and coaches, and to improve facilities and pitches.

 

Pierre de Coubertin, the “father” of the modern Olympic Games, believed that sports events in general and international ones in particular were important tools for the promotion of human rights. Sports have the explicit function to encourage active peace, international understanding in a spirit of mutual respect between people from different origins, ideologies and creeds.

 

LAND PARTY understands that participation in sport promotes human rights through generating shared interests and values and teaching social skills that are necessary for democratic citizenship. Sport enhances social and cultural life by bringing together individuals and communities. Sports can help to overcome difference and encourages dialogue, and therefore helps to break down prejudice, stereotypes, cultural differences, ignorance, intolerance and discrimination.

CREATING A MORE EQUAL SOCIETY

South Africa has a complicated history of inequality and discrimination. Sadly, not enough has changed, even after 24 years of democracy. We are currently seeing a rise in hate crimes and racial intolerance that need to be addressed as a matter of priority.

 

The Land Party is a party of equality and seeks to build a society and world free from all forms of racism, anti-semitism, islamophobia, homophobia, gender inequality and xenophobia.

 

  • Land Party government will enhance the powers and functions of the Human Rights Commission, making it truly independent, to ensure it can support ordinary working people to challenge any discrimination they may face. 

  • Land Party will introduce the Equal Pay Act and the Sex Discrimination Act to quickly deal with discrimination of women at work and discrimination of gender and sex.

  • Land Party will introduce gender tax to bring relief and also as a measure to close the existing wage gap between women and men.

 

Land Party is anti-nationalist and anti-tribalist and we will protect every individual that resides in South Africa regardless of their gender, race, religion, culture or birthplace.

ADVANCING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

Women still face challenges of inequality in South Africa even though their rights are seemingly upheld and supported by the government. The advances for women in South Africa and around the world have been fought by determined women working together for real change, often in the face of resistance, abuse and even femicide.

 

Land Party salutes these women and gives them equal power, rights safety, security and opportunity to get ahead in life and make a significant impact on how our country is run.

 

  • Land Party will bring in the Equal Pay Act, the Sex Discrimination Act, and enforce the Equity Act and Living Wage.

  • Ours will be a government for women, with a cabinet of at least 51% per cent women, which fights inequality and misogyny in every part of society.

  • A Land Party government will gender audit all policy and legislation for its impact on women before implementation.

  • Land Party will continue to ensure a woman’s right to choose a safe, legal abortion - and we will work with parliament to ensure that we introduce a community register for all new moms to avoid children being dumped.

  • We will introduce very tough laws to ensure that all babies are supported.

  • In South Africa, on average, a woman is killed by their current or a former partner every eight hours.

  • Violence against women and girls continues to be a global epidemic, affecting an estimated one in three women worldwide.

  • Land Party will establish special courts tackling domestic and sexual violence. This will be assisted by the establishment of Violence Against Women Commissioner.

 

Land Party will forever remain committed to empowering and protecting women as mothers, workers, providers, peace-makers and leaders.

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Vision

The LAND PARTY shall:

 

Through pragmatic and progressive economic policy, individual freedom, and in harmony with nature, establish a prosperous society of people based on social justice and shared opportunities.

 

Freedom doesn’t equal immediate wealth, but we believe that it is better to live in an environment where you are provided with the freedom to create your own wealth, even though you might make some mistakes along the way.

 

The more rules and regulations you have, the less important it becomes for people to distinguish between what is right and wrong. We want to give people the opportunity to have that freedom, and to make mistakes and learn from them. We want to provide them the support, education and resources necessary to become wealthy through hard work and effective use of the opportunities that will be made available to them through a Land-led government. Our ultimate plan is to reform, open up and strengthen the economy by providing people with the individual freedom and opportunities to become prosperous and actively contributing members of society.

Values

The LAND PARTY subscribes to the following values in all its endeavours:

 

  1. Respect for the community of life

  2. Honesty

  3. Integrity

  4. Trust

  5. Consultation

  6. Solidarity

  7. Dignity

Mission

The LAND PARTY seeks to reorder the political and economic institutions and systems domestically and globally.

 

We have to deal with the damage from the years of government corruption we have had to endure. We will broadly seek to reform, open up and grow the economy, eradicate poverty, opportunities for all the people of South Africa to become wealthy and self-sustainable, skills development, gender equality, safety and research. It will establish programmes that will ensure that within the first 2 years of taking power that the following is achieved:

 

  1. Food security - encouraging modern, scientific agricultural practices, and providing the necessary support, technological resources, scientific research and education to encourage people to get involved in agriculture with the ultimate goal of strengthening the economy while eliminating food wastage and the discarding of surplus produce.

  2. Housing security - where private property rights are strengthened, allocation of state resources are dealt with strategically through referendum and homes are designed to people’s specifications.

  3. People development - Education that is ongoing, progressive and emphasizing the reconstruction and development of family and service to society. Creating and maintaining skills development for a move to modern technology and science.

  4. A modern, technologically savvy supportive state that responds to the people’s legitimate demand for prosperity and opportunity creation.

  5. Crime eradication and all forms of deviance through social interventions, corrective rehabilitation and victim oriented punishment.

  6. Economic prosperity through freedom of opportunity so that people become self-sustainable and wealthy, and through free trade agreements, and rapid industrialization. Allocation of state resources shall be utilized in a rational, consultative and inclusive manner with due regard to the dictates of justice and equal opportunity. It shall reconfigure the banking system to be more people-centred.

  7. Foreign policy that is people-centred, educative and principled.

  8. Environmental Justice – ensuring all programmes are in harmony with nature and conscious of the limited capacity of the planet to sustain us.

  9. Human Rights - Implementation of the remaining rights encapsulated in the current South African Bill of Rights and other universally respected HR documents which shall be prioritized by public participation. Apportion justice and material resources on an equitable and just basis.