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2015 Budget Vote 33: Tourism – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 33 on tourism.  In this regard, we welcome the efforts and work done by the department and many other role players in ensuring that this country remains a destination of choice for many citizens of world. This is notwithstanding socio economic challenges that the country continue to be confronted which in many instances results to inhuman and barbaric acts by criminal elements [...]

June 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Environment, Speeches, Tourism|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 33: Tourism – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Member’s Statement on the critical challenges confronting young women address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

  Honourable Speaker and members As we begin the 39 Anniversary of the Youth month, it is important that we focus on the critical challenges confronting young women. Many young women remain targets for gender based violence. The recent UN, 2010 report, on violence against women in Africa indicates that the scourge of violence against women in Africa is still largely rampant, but hidden beneath cultural practices and beliefs. Amongst other reasons accountable for this [...]

June 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Member’s Statement on the critical challenges confronting young women address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

2015 Budget Vote 23: Police address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote number 23 on POLICE. The incident at the Alexandra police station yesterday is a cause for great concern. Not less than four lives have been lost in a short space of time. More disturbing is that the shooting of a wife, two relatives and a police officer took place at a police station where it is expected that citizen’s safety is guaranteed. Many [...]

June 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Safety and Security, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 23: Police address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Request for intervention: renewable energy sector challenges in the Eastern Cape

Dear Minister Patel, Minister of Economic Development RE: REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR CHALLENGES IN THE EASTERN CAPE The abovementioned matter has reference. Thank you for the interest you have shown on this matter. This letter highlights some of the challenges faced by renewable energy investors, whose projects are situated in former Homeland areas of the Eastern Cape. I had intended to bring some of these issues to your attention during the Economic Development [...]

June 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Energy, Environment, Home, Open Letters|Comments Off on Request for intervention: renewable energy sector challenges in the Eastern Cape

2015 Budget Vote 17: Social Development – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments. • The creation of a caring society is based on the willingness to provide the tools for achieving an inclusive society. This implies that life chances are partly detached, or de-commodified from social and economic origins and circumstances. • The core of the inclusive society is to create equal opportunities [...]

June 4th, 2015|Home, Social development and welfare, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 17: Social Development – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

2015 Budget Vote 2: Parliament -address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the NA

  Madam Speaker and Honourable Members, A race to the bottom is currently underway in our Parliament. Today in this House, we engage and deal with our Nation’s challenges, less according to national interests and the need to create a better life for all, but more according to cheap political point scoring and vote maximisation at all costs, and mostly according to the primitive doctrine that might is right. This approach causes us to miss [...]

June 2nd, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 2: Parliament -address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the NA

Message from the UDM President at the 41st Anniversary of the Inkatha Freedom Party

Address by UDM President, Mr BH Holomisa- MP Master of ceremonies, President of the IFP, Mr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the leadership of the party, members and supporters Indeed, none amongst South Africans, people of the continent and the world over, can deny the immerse contribution that this wonderful party has made in the fight for freedom in our life time. You have made a great contribution to bring the kind of South Africa we all celebrate [...]

June 1st, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Message from the UDM President at the 41st Anniversary of the Inkatha Freedom Party

2015 Debate on Budget Vote 1: Presidency address by Bantu Holomisa, MP

Hon Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote. Mr President, during the State of the Nation Address you declared the year 2015 as the “… year of unity in Action to Advance Economic Freedom”. However, what is not clear, is a common and simple programme that binds the entire society behind this vision. For instance, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee’s work is not known by all citizens. We need a clearer [...]

May 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Debate on Budget Vote 1: Presidency address by Bantu Holomisa, MP

UDM sympathises with the Marikana Massacre victims and their families

The decision to take President Jacob Zuma to court by the family members, injured workers of the Marikana massacre and AMCU is the best action to force Zuma to release the findings of the investigation. As the United Democratic Movement, we are in full support of this decision and we hope he will realise the importance of the findings being made public as it is not just a report for the family and the injured [...]

May 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM sympathises with the Marikana Massacre victims and their families

eTolls is just money laundering scheme for greedy individuals

It should be remembered that when Parliament approved guarantees for staging 2010 World Cup, as per Fifa demands. These guarantees were intended among others to improve stadiums, road infrastructure in the host cities. At no stage did parliament or government implied that such an expenditure would be claimed back by the state through schemes such as etolling. What is coming out clearly here is that some comrades became greedy and saw an opportunity to use [...]

May 22nd, 2015|2015 Archive, eTolls, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on eTolls is just money laundering scheme for greedy individuals

2015 Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – address by Mr BH Holomisa MP

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement support budget vote 19 on Defence and Military Veterans. In appreciation of the work of the Defence Force Service Commission, which has been presented to this parliament previously and being privileged to be its member; I would like to appeal to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, to convene a brainstorming session involving the Minister, Commission, Secretary for Defence and the Command element of [...]

May 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Defence, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – address by Mr BH Holomisa MP

2015 Budget Vote 40: Sport and Recreation – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote 40. • Sports and partisan politics have always been uncomfortable with each other in South Africa since the old days of Peter Hein in apartheid times. • A careful balancing act has to be found by either party in order for equilibrium to be struck. Between the two there are gladiators, spectators, administrators and sponsors (either potential or actual) because each party is [...]

May 21st, 2015|Speeches, Sport and Recreation|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 40: Sport and Recreation – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

2015 Budget Vote 31: Small Business Development – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports the budget. • Welcome the political shift for business rescue from big business into Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME). This will help to remove the strain associated with the SMME sector so that it can be able to deliver on the expectations of the National Development Plan with regard to the creation of job opportunities. • Whilst we intensify the creation of small business, [...]

May 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 31: Small Business Development – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Condolence Motion: Ms Ruth Mompati, former MP – addresss by Ms CN Majeke, MP

Honourable Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) extends its heartfelt condolence to the family, the ANC and friends of the late member of the National Assembly Ms Ruth Mompati. A heroin with a good sense of humour and respect of mankind, a towering icon who was exemplary to our nation has fallen. Mme Mompati was blessed with resilience beyond measure. She was obedient to her calling and dared even her oppressors to embrace love. [...]

May 20th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches, Tributes|Comments Off on Condolence Motion: Ms Ruth Mompati, former MP – addresss by Ms CN Majeke, MP

Sport and politics cannot go together

On behalf of the United Democratic Movement, I wish to congratulate Dr Danny Jordaan for his appointment as Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Metro, Port Elizabeth. He is a well-known figure especially in the soccer fraternity and has achieved a lot in his life including being the President of South African Football Association, serving in FIFA and other Committees in Sport. However, as much as we don’t have anything against him, since this is a [...]

May 20th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Sport and Recreation|Comments Off on Sport and politics cannot go together

UDEMWO is calling on parents to keep an eye on children

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried about the growing number of children missing throughout the country. Everyday we hear of these missing children and most of them go missing while playing around their communities. This shows clearly that our children are no longer safe in their own communities. We are calling on parents to keep a closer look on their children and members of the community can play a big role in [...]

May 14th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is calling on parents to keep an eye on children