Yearly Archives: 2013

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2014 – An opportunity for change

by Mr Bantu Holomisa This past year has shown evidence that our Nation is on a slippery slope to becoming a third class nation with its citizens relegated to poverty and struggle. 2013 was littered by far too many corruption scandals, miscarriages of justice and a government that seems hell bent on staying this course. We witnessed the shocking verdict in the Andries Tatane case; the fiasco with the deployment of South African soldiers in [...]

December 31st, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on 2014 – An opportunity for change

Tribute to the late Lieutenant General (Ret) Lambert Moloi

by Major General (Ret) Bantu Holomisa, MP, Deputy Chairperson National Defence Force Service Commission We mourn the loss of the late Lieutenant General (Ret) Lambert Moloi; a former commander of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) - an outstanding man and a disciplined soldier. As an MK Commander, General Moloi worked closely with then Transkei Defence Force (TDF) officers and as a result he was assigned “Comrade A” as his code and nickname. We worked with General [...]

December 31st, 2013|2013 Archive, Speeches, Tributes|Comments Off on Tribute to the late Lieutenant General (Ret) Lambert Moloi

Tribute to the late former President Nelson Mandela

delivered on behalf of the UDM in the Joint Sitting of Parliament on 9 December 2013 by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Mister Speaker, Deputy President, Honourable Members, Distinguished Guests and Fellow South Africans, From the outset, let me apologise for the absence of my President, Mr Bantu Holomisa in today’s joint sitting. Mr Holomisa was unable to make it due to being busy with the funeral arrangements of our late former [...]

December 24th, 2013|Issues, Speeches, Tributes|Comments Off on Tribute to the late former President Nelson Mandela

Mandela was born to lead: Holomisa

Monday 9 December 2013 05:45 SABC Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) President, Chief Phathekile Holomisa says former president Nelson Mandela was born to lead. Holomisa says Madiba's elders from the Abathembu Tribe, never anticipated that he would lead the country one day. Madiba passed away on Thursday night at his house, Houghton, Johannesburg. Holomisa says: “As an adviser, councillor to the Kings he was playing a critical role in the royal councils [...]

December 9th, 2013|Interviews, Issues|Comments Off on Mandela was born to lead: Holomisa

At the Provincial Congress of the UDM in the Western Cape

by Bantu Holomisa at Lookout Hill Tourism Centre, Khayelitsha, Cape Town Members of the UDM NEC; The President of the UDM Youth Vanguard; The outgoing leaders of the Provincial Executive Committee Provincial Leadership of the UDM Youth Vanguard and Women’s Organisation; UDM Public Representatives; Fellow UDM members and supporters of the Party. Ladies and Gentlemen I am proud to stand before you today. It is encouraging to see the faces of the people who made [...]

November 30th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on At the Provincial Congress of the UDM in the Western Cape

Speech: Annual Black Management Forum conference Debate: Can Good Governance increase trust amongst Government, Civil Society, Labour and Business?

by Mr Bantu Holomisa at Gallagher Convention Centre Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for the opportunity to interact with you today; I’m honoured to address this forum on the importance of good governance in engendering trust among the various stakeholders in society. Let me state from the outset that the answer to this question is an emphatic YES! Yesterday the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela in this conference gave a candid and concise assessment of poor [...]

October 24th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Speech: Annual Black Management Forum conference Debate: Can Good Governance increase trust amongst Government, Civil Society, Labour and Business?

President Zuma’s office responded to complaints regarding service delivery in Limpopo

President Zuma’s office responded to complaints regarding service delivery in Limpopo (Presidency's Response + Memorandum + List of Complaints) and  Eastern Cape (Presidency's Response + Memorandum + List of Complaints)(OR Tambo and Chris Hani Regions). We will follow-up on some areas that have not been covered e.g. roads in Lusikisiki, Flagstaff and Bizana in particular.

October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|2 Comments

Mining talks need transparency and proper commitment from Government

Mr KP Motlanthe Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa Union Buildings Private Bag X1000, Pretoria, 0001 Dear Sir MINING TALKS NEED TRANSPARENCY AND PROPER COMMITMENT FROM GOVERNMENT AMCU’S DEMANDS Your efforts to engage with mining houses and trade unions to resolve issues negatively affecting the mining sector in South Africa are well documented; this includes your attempt to broker a peace pact between the various role-players. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union [...]

October 18th, 2013|2014 Archive, Archives, Open Letters|Comments Off on Mining talks need transparency and proper commitment from Government

Inspection of appalling conditions where workers of Anglo Gold Mine at Vaal Reefs are kept

Open letter to three Ministers from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President), regarding: in loco inspection of appalling conditions where workers of Anglo Gold Mine at Vaal Reefs are kept (14 June 2013) To: Minister of Energy and Minerals Ms Elizabeth Dipuo Peters Private Bag X96, Pretoria, 0001 To: Minister of Mineral Resources Ms Susan Shabangu Private Bag X59, Arcadia, 0007 To: Minister of Labour Ms Mildred Nelisiwe Oliphant Private Bag X117, Pretoria, 0001 Dear [...]

October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|Comments Off on Inspection of appalling conditions where workers of Anglo Gold Mine at Vaal Reefs are kept

Outstanding land claim payments for Gqogqorha Administrative Area

Open letter to President Zuma from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President), regarding: outstanding land claim payments for Gqogqorha Administrative Area  On the 04th of February 2011 you, Sir, and senior officials from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform visited Gqogqorha administrative area to resolve the land claims in the area. According to Gqogqorha residents, during this visit cheques ranging from R 31 000 to R 39 000 were written out and given to [...]

October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|Comments Off on Outstanding land claim payments for Gqogqorha Administrative Area

Letter to President Zuma regarding people of Limpopo

Bantu Holomisa writes a letter to President Zuma regarding complaints received from the people of Limpopo after consultation with communities and the list of complaints

October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|Comments Off on Letter to President Zuma regarding people of Limpopo

Social conditions at South African mines; miners’ monies invested, but they see no dividends

Open letter to the Farlam Commission regarding: "Social conditions at South African mines; miners’ monies invested, but they see no dividends" from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (30 April 2013) Dear Sir The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that the findings and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the tragic incident at the Marikana Mine would not be complete if the Commission does not look at the social conditions of the miners and [...]

October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|Comments Off on Social conditions at South African mines; miners’ monies invested, but they see no dividends

Defence regarding SA presence in the CAR

Open letter to Chairperson of Standing Committee on Defence regarding SA presence in the CAR from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (3 April 2013) The aforementioned matter has reference. The history of what occurred since that fateful weekend in Bangui, in the Central African Republic (CAR), where 13 South African servicemen lost their lives and another 27 were injured, is well documented. We however keep hearing conflicting reports of South Africa exiting this area [...]

October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|Comments Off on Defence regarding SA presence in the CAR

Investigation needed: the protection of South African national assets

Open letter to Secretary General of the United Nations regarding international investigation needed: South Africa’s relationship with the Central African Republic and the protection of South African national assets from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (28 March 2013) Dear Sir The abovementioned matter has reference. I write on behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), an opposition party in the parliament of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) (www.udm.org.za). The current situation with South [...]

October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|Comments Off on Investigation needed: the protection of South African national assets

Condolences to the Sigcau Family and the Pondo Nation with the passing of King Thandizulu Sigcau

Letter of condolences to the Sigcau Family and the Pondo Nation with the passing of King Thandizulu Sigcau from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (27 March 2013) It is with sadness that we have learnt of the passing of His Majesty, King Thandizulu Sigcau. But given his struggle with his health in the past few years, he will at least now be free of pain and discomfort. I had the privilege of working with [...]

October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|Comments Off on Condolences to the Sigcau Family and the Pondo Nation with the passing of King Thandizulu Sigcau

Which South African ‘assets’ needs protection in the Central African Republic

Open letter to Chairpersons of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on Defence and Military Veterans of Intelligence of International Relations and Cooperation about "Which South African ‘assets’ needs protection in the Central African Republic" from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (26 March 2013) Given the seriousness of the tragic death of our soldiers in the Central African Republic, (CAR) and that this is a matter of public interest, I would suggest that the Parliamentary Portfolio [...]

October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|Comments Off on Which South African ‘assets’ needs protection in the Central African Republic