1998 Archive

//1998 Archive

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

Release of prisoner

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The announcement by Correctional Services Minister Mzimela, that prisoners would be granted a six-month remission to mark President Mandela's birthday, is greeted with surprise. The granting of remission itself is a known practice normally done for technical and practical reasons such as the overcrowding of prisons. We are sure that it will also assist in the overcrowding of SA prisons but granting remission though to mark the celebration of a birthday, [...]

July 17th, 1988|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Release of prisoner

Resignation of councillors from Benoni and the South East

statement by National Deputy-Secretary To leave the political party that you have been part of for many years is never an easy decision. We gave serious thought to this and in the end realised that if we truly want to contribute in building the future of South Africa, we cannot do it in the National Party. We as councillors have decided to leave the National Party and join our forces with the UDM in order [...]

May 16th, 1988|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Resignation of councillors from Benoni and the South East

National Party shocked into last place defeat by the UDM

statement by National Deputy-Secretary The UDM’s performance in the by-election in the Western Cape is a confirmation of the fact that there is growing support for the efforts of the UDM to unite the people of South Africa. A month after the launch of the UDM the party drew 15% of the support in a by-election. This in itself was quite significant. Seven months later the UDM defeats the National Party in the heart of [...]

May 13th, 1988|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on National Party shocked into last place defeat by the UDM

Collapse of the civil service

statement by UDM Deputy-National Secretary It is with growing alarm that the UDM, and the country, is watching the implosion in the Public Service. There are daily reports about corrupt police officers, jailbreaks, chaos in our schools, disillusionment in the health services, collapse in the welfare services and justice grinding to a halt. In the mean time, the Public Service itself is losing expertise at an alarming rate, mostly as a result of ill-considered affirmative [...]

January 21st, 1988|1998 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Collapse of the civil service