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Eastern Cape: Budget vote Roads and Public Works

Speech by Mr Mhlati, leader of the UDM in the legislature Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier and the Executive, Honourable Members, government officials in supporting the budget allocation of the department, the UDM would like to place more emphasis on the acute shortage of skilled personnel within the department. It is unthinkable that a government department can just literally depend on consultants for it to perform its functions. I plead with the Executive to give their [...]

July 22nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape: Budget vote Roads and Public Works

Budget Vote 2: Parliament

Address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Budget Vote 2: Parliament Madam Speaker, Deputy President and Honourable Members, Parliament derives its power directly from the people. We are therefore all here to implement the will of the people. Once elected, our people therefore expect us to rise above ideological cleavages and narrow partisan interests to build a better South Africa for all, both Black and White. Deputy Speaker, Speaking time is essential [...]

July 22nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 2: Parliament

Budget Vote 5: International Relations and Cooperation

Speech by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President in the National Assembly Honourable Chairperson Minister and Deputy Minister Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement believes that the national interests of South Africa should be defined and pursued strictly according to the norms and principles, expressed in the Constitution of the Republic in the execution of the country’s relations with the outside world. The recent and rapid developments in the global political landscape, demands of [...]

July 22nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 5: International Relations and Cooperation

Budget Vote 10: National Treasury

Chairperson, Honourable Minister and Deputy Minister, Honourable Members, Once more, Budget Vote 10 is delivered against the backdrop of severe economic challenges facing the world today. It takes place at a time when some economies around the world are making a slow economic recovery, while others are still in economic deepfreeze. We acknowledge that appropriate economic policy responses have been undertaken in order to place the country on a path to economic growth and prosperity. [...]

July 21st, 2014|2014 Archive, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 10: National Treasury

Budget Vote 11: Public Enterprises

Address by UDM Deputy Secretary General, Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP at Committee Room E249 Chairperson, Honourable Minister and Deputy Minister, Honourable Members, For many years, South Africa’s economic growth potential has been shackled by a lack of properly planned infrastructure investment. This resulted in immense disparities in the quality of the infrastructure between rural and urban communities. The poor and rural communities have to make do with inadequate and poor quality infrastructure, which confines them [...]

July 17th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 11: Public Enterprises

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, Basic Education, 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