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Sixty ANC members arrested and charged after intimidation of UDM members

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The ANC branch in Klipplaat, Eastern Cape, on 23 April 1998 actively intimidated UDM members and supporters. Under the leadership of Mr. Hans Human, the ANC informed UDM supporters that their houses would be taken from them since it was "provided" by the ANC. Residents were further told that only those who will vote for the ANC will have food in their houses. UDM supporters requested permission for a protest march [...]

April 24th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Sixty ANC members arrested and charged after intimidation of UDM members

First provincial congress for the UDM

statement by UDM Press Secretary Exactly four years after South Africa’s first free democratic elections South Africa’s youngest political party will hold its first provincial congress. The UDM North West will hold the first UDM Provincial Congress. Leadership for the province will be elected during the Congress. The constitution and policy of the UDM will form part of the agenda. The Co-Leaders of the UDM, Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer, will address the congress. Date: [...]

April 23rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on First provincial congress for the UDM

Agreement between Botha and the TRC welcomed

statement by Co-leader of the UDM The UDM throughout the process requested that it be made possible for Mr. Botha to appear before the TRC. Article 29 of the Truth and Reconciliation provides for hearings of the TRC to take place in camera. The UDM believes that Mr. Botha’s evidence before the TRC is important in order to get information as perceived by the previous government. All South Africans will benefit from this agreement and [...]

April 14th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Agreement between Botha and the TRC welcomed

UDM makes considerable progress with policy formulation

statement by the Interim National Management Committee The Interim National Management Committee of the UDM met on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 April 1998. A number of key issues were discussed during the two days. The Committee made considerable progress in the further development of UDM policy. The focus of the workshop was to take the UDM forward beyond the National Conference in June 1998. In this regard a strategic planning session was held, determining [...]

April 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on UDM makes considerable progress with policy formulation

Membership terminated: two members

statement by the Interim National Management Committee At a scheduled INMC meeting of the UDM on 3 and 4 April 1998, a decision was taken to terminate the membership of Paulo Andrade and Joel Mafenya with immediate effect. The INMC found it necessary to take this step on the grounds that their conduct have been judged improper, unbecoming and have adversely effect the interest and reputation of the UDM. Andrade and Mafenya will have 10 [...]

April 5th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Membership terminated: two members

Paying for university education

statement by Media and Marketing Director (03 February 1998) The decision by the South African University Vice Chancellors’ Association that students owing money to a university, will be refused entry to the institution, and the subsequent confrontation at the University of the Western Cape, were both perhaps unavoidable actions. With a load of R500m of unpaid study accounts, our universities just cannot continue to function properly, also in the light of decreasing government subsidies. Students, [...]

February 3rd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Paying for university education

South Africa’s competitiveness

statement by UDM President and Deputy-President The surprising rating of South Africa’s competitiveness as 7th among 23 African countries by the World Economic Forum should be a clear wake-up call if we want to develop a world-class country within ten years. The main reasons for our poor performance are essentially the pessimistic business perceptions of South Africa, with the high crime rate as the most bedeviling factor, and the low ratings regarding the training and productivity [...]

February 2nd, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on South Africa’s competitiveness

Inquiry into Shaw affair

statement by Media and Marketing Director The sordid contract by the Central Energy Fund (CEF) with Emmanuel Shaw II will now, to the relief of taxpayers and proponents of clean, corruption-free government, hopefully be terminated. The UDM urges the Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs to immediately implement the recommendations of the departmental investigation. Terminating Mr Shaw’s contract immediately, investigating possibilities of recovering expenses related to the contract and terminating the CEF’s board’s term not [...]

January 29th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Inquiry into Shaw affair

Provinces need to heed national schools policy

statement by Media and Marketing Director In these times of transformation, special care has to be taken by the national education department to communicate policy effectively and efficiently, and by the provincial departments to implement it accordingly. In this way, much frustration and unnecessary incidents can be prevented. In our schools, policies should be implemented in the best interest of existing pupils and school communities, but also towards potential pupils who sometimes have few options [...]

January 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Provinces need to heed national schools policy

Opposisie politiek: onwelkom of verkeerd aangebied?

verklaring deur  Media en Bemarkings Direkteur   Tim du Plessis raak in sy artikel "Opposisie is uit" reeds in die eerste paragraaf ook aan die ooglopende antwoord. Die UDM glo dat net so min as wat die "redding en heil" vir Suid Afrika in die "klasieke liberale demokrasie" lê, net so min is die rol van opposisiepartye en opposisie - politiek in die klassieke liberale rol van opposisiepartye gesetel. Die vraag is nie watter groeperinge in [...]

January 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Political Realignment|Comments Off on Opposisie politiek: onwelkom of verkeerd aangebied?

PW Botha: racial polarisation

statement by Media and Marketing Director The UDM is disturbed by the irresponsible manner in which political parties are dealing with the court appearance of Mr PW Botha on Friday. The ANC’s planned protest action outside the courtroom and the call by rightwing political parties and groupings for supporters of Mr Botha to mobilise can only be described as polarising. We have also witnessed during the past week that the NP together with the Freedom [...]

January 21st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on PW Botha: racial polarisation

Political agenda for 1998

statement by Media and Marketing Director During 1997 the UDM made a start in restructuring South African politics away from the racial mould it has been stuck in. In 1998, the UDM aims to intensify its reaching out to all South Africans. The UDM believes that the end of the road for exclusive white or black politics in South Africa has been reached. South Africans are tired of being pigeonholed into racial categories. As a [...]

January 18th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Political agenda for 1998

A new school year; where a good matric starts

statement by statement by Director Media and Marketing The new school year has started. On the positive side, it is a time of optimism and of hope, with new challenges waiting to be realised.  The grade ones start a new school career and a new curriculum whilst the matric class of 1998 has 300 days ahead to prepare for their entrance into the adult world of employment and responsibilities; millions of parents are prepared to [...]

January 13th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on A new school year; where a good matric starts

Appointment of Chief Executive Officer for the UDM

statement by Director Media and Marketing Acting on the mandate of the Interim Management Committee the leadership of the UDM appointed Mr. Danie du Plessis, former managing director of the Institute for Political Leadership, as the Chief Executive Officer of the United Democratic Movement. Mr. du Plessis will commence office on January 12 1998. The UDM believes that in order to operate effectively, professional managers should run its administration and management. In cultivating this believe [...]

January 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Appointment of Chief Executive Officer for the UDM

The pension crisis in the Eastern Cape

statement by Bantu Holomisa The crisis in the Eastern Cape regarding the payment of thousands of pensioners is symptomatic of the collapse of government systems across the country. The real problem is that the government has, quite rightly, identified transformation of the civil service as a chief priority, but has never adequately planned for this transformation. It was seen not as a process, but as a programme of replacement. A system of packages, sometimes enforced, [...]

January 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on The pension crisis in the Eastern Cape

Matric Results 1997

With the matric results of 1997 now available, including indications that the Gauteng results are also 5% down from last year, a gloomy picture of our school system emerges. The simple truth is that without an adequate educational system, all our other national efforts to curb joblessness, poverty and crime, and become a nation of hope and a world player in the new millennium, will come to nothing. Adequate education now, more than ever, needs [...]

January 6th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Issues|Comments Off on Matric Results 1997