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Budget Vote 30 – Environmental Affairs (MTEF 2014)

Address by the President of the UDM, Mr BH Holomisa MP, in the National Assembly Honourable Chairperson Minister and Deputy Minister Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports budget vote 30 - Environmental Affairs.In my limited time I will dedicate this speech to Madiba, the environmentalist. When the President of the republic made a call to all South Africans, to remember and celebrate this years’ birthday of this environmental activist by participating in cleaning [...]

July 17th, 2014|2014 Archive, Environment, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 30 – Environmental Affairs (MTEF 2014)

Budget Vote 7 – Public Works (MTEF 2014)

Contribution made by UDM Member of Parliament, Mr ML Filtane, in the National Assembly Honourable Chairperson Minister and Deputy Minister Honourable Members This department is charged with the custodianship and management of government immovable assets; ancillary thereto, it takes initiatives to develop such infrastructure as may be needed by various government departments, from time to time. It must also reform and radically improve the construction sector of our economy. This is a department that is [...]

July 16th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 7 – Public Works (MTEF 2014)

Budget Vote 2 – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MTEF 2014)

Contribution made by UDM Member of Parliament, Mr ML Filtane, in the National Assembly Honourable Chairperson Minister and Deputy Minister Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) makes the following contribution to this important debate and subject. In the previous term the department achieved very little in so far as its core business is concerned. We are talking about the business of, amongst others. • Ensuring food security for all the citizens of the country [...]

July 16th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 2 – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MTEF 2014)

Budget Vote 31 – Human Settlement (MTEF 2014)

-  Contribution made by UDM Member of Parliament, Ms CN Majeke, in the National Assembly Honourable Chairperson Minister and Deputy Minister Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the strategic thrust of the policy statement by the Minister as captured in her foreword of the departmental five year strategic annual performance plans 2014/19. We believe that there can be a working relationship between the provision of houses as a basic shelter, quality accommodation and [...]

July 15th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 31 – Human Settlement (MTEF 2014)

Vote 15 Basic Education (MTEF 2014)

Contribution made by UDM Member of Parliament, Ms CN Majeke, in the National Assembly Honourable Chairperson Minister and Deputy Minister Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that the major intervention if any is to be made in the Basic Education Sector, must mainly be on • School Leadership, Management and Governance; • Teacher content and knowledge – knowledge of the subject matter / content; • School Environment and • Learner discipline – a [...]

July 15th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Vote 15 Basic Education (MTEF 2014)

Land redistribution in South Africa

Statement in Parliament by Mr LB Gaehler, UDM Member of Parliament Honourable Chair and Honourable Members Land redistribution aims to correct the injustices of the past. The Natives Land Act of 1913, a piece of legislation which ratified and legalized the exclusion of South Africa’s black majority from land ownership in favour of the white minority. This has left behind a legacy of both dispossession and oppression. Citizens however have voiced out their grievances, post 1994, [...]

July 7th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Issues, Land, Speeches|Comments Off on Land redistribution in South Africa

Eastern Cape: UDM response to the State of the Province

Address delivered by Mr Tsengwa in the Provincial Legislature Honorable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honorable Premier and the Executive Honorable members of the legislature Kings and Chiefs present here Chairperson of the house of the traditional leaders Ladies and Gentlemen Madam Speaker the UDM wishes to welcome the state of the province address as the step in the right direction, we cannot disagree with spirit of the speech especial the need to reactive the economic [...]

July 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape: UDM response to the State of the Province

Eastern Cape: Budget vote SOPA 2014

Speech by Mr Mhlati, leader of the UDM in the Eastern Cape Legislature The Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable Members of the Executive and Honourable Members, the Premier has been a Member of this Legislature for over 12 years as least, which clearly shows that he is well aware of the shortcomings facing the provincial government, he had been pulling the strings of power behind the curtains as chairperson of the ruling party in the [...]

July 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape: Budget vote SOPA 2014

SONA 2014 – Bantu Holomisa reacts on behalf of UDM

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the National Assembly during the State of the Nation debate (SONA 2014) Chairperson of the NCOP, Mister President and Deputy President, Honourable Members; I wish to thank all the people, who gave us the mandate to once more contribute in building a better South Africa. We will do our best to serve you. Chairperson of the NCOP, To achieve meaningful socio-economic transformation, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes [...]

June 18th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on SONA 2014 – Bantu Holomisa reacts on behalf of UDM

Condolences with the passing away of Mama Epainette Mbeki

We today say a sad farewell to a daughter of the Transkei; Mama Epainette Mbeki. She was unyielding in her support of her husband, Govan Mbeki, during the struggle years. After Oom Gov was sentenced to life imprisonment, she had to make yet another enormous sacrifice when her children were forced into exile. To say that Mama Epainette was a strong woman is an understatement; she was a rock upon which the apartheid regime broke [...]

June 7th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Condolences with the passing away of Mama Epainette Mbeki

Looming labour problems in entire mining industry

The protracted labour unrest at Marikana is probably a taste of what is soon to hit the entire mining industry. Mining houses in other sectors must prepare for the likelihood that their employees will soon follow suit and go on strikes - or even wild cat strikes - especially if Lonmin and Amcu find resolution on the remuneration of Lonmin’s workforce in the platinum sector. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is of the view that [...]

May 15th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, SA Mining Industry|Comments Off on Looming labour problems in entire mining industry

Elections 2014 – Thank you to UDM supporters and members for hard work

Dear All Thank you for your support and votes in the National and Provincial elections on May 7th. I would also like to extend my appreciation to all the United Democratic Movement (UDM) members and leaders. We have all had the opportunity to meet so many amazing, progressive people throughout this campaign period, I hope that each and every one of you stays in touch and stays involved. I can confirm that the UDM has [...]

May 13th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns, Open Letters|Comments Off on Elections 2014 – Thank you to UDM supporters and members for hard work

UDM Siyabulela Rally – address by UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa

•           UDM Leaders from all across South Africa •           UDM public representatives •           Citizens of the Eastern Cape •           The people of my hometown, Mthatha, and •           My fellow South Africans   1.         WELCOME AND THANK YOU TO ALL UDM ACTIVISTS Before we get into the politics and issues of Elections 2014, I want to welcome you all and quickly say something about teamwork. Many of you might not be familiar with the name Vince [...]

May 6th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Campaigns, Speeches|Comments Off on UDM Siyabulela Rally – address by UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa

Parties and their voting agents must be extra vigilant – Elections 2014

To: Leaders of Political Parties From: Bantu Holomisa (Chairperson of the Multi-Party Forum and UDM President) Subject: PARTIES AND THEIR VOTING AGENTS MUST BE EXTRA VIGILANT   Dear Colleagues We have already heard reports about transgressions and other misdeeds of some party agents and officials of the Independent Electoral Commission. We must now, more than ever, be vigilant and have our party agents work as a collective to ensure that the election at each voting [...]

May 6th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns|Comments Off on Parties and their voting agents must be extra vigilant – Elections 2014

Address by UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa at a Nactu Workers’ Day Celebration in eMalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga

• Programme Director • Nactu Leadership • Nactu Members • My fellow South Africans THANK YOU On behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), I thank you for the opportunity to share the stage with the National Council of Trade Unions on this very important day. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND WORKERS The past few years has seen a new dynamic in our political discourse that harks back to the time before our new democracy. The [...]

May 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Address by UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa at a Nactu Workers’ Day Celebration in eMalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga

Workers’ Day 2014

Workers’ Day is a celebration of labour and the working classes. In this regard, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) recognises the right of employers and employees to organise themselves to campaign and lobby the aspirations of their members. Given our history it is clear that labour organisations have a role to play in society and are a strong voice of social conscience. After all, this country must never return to a situation where our people [...]

May 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Workers’ Day 2014