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The impact of SA’s drought on the agricultural economy

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members Although agricultural sector’s relative contribution to the gross domestic product of the country is small and still declining, it nevertheless plays an important role in the creation of wealth and safety nets in South Africa, specifically in the rural areas. Drought has severely affected the country’s agricultural productivity capacity and thus affecting negatively our Gross Domestic Product. It affects both crop and livestock [...]

February 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on The impact of SA’s drought on the agricultural economy

UDM condemns service disruptions by ANC in Ingquza Hill Municipality

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the disruption of public services due to internal strife amongst the African National Congress members in the Ingquza Hill Municipality. Most affected areas include ward 21 eMcobothini, ward 20 Hombe, and ward 16 Nkunzimbini. It is reported that this problem started three weeks ago when community members affiliated to the ruling party were not pleased with the Ward Councillors that are deployed in the affected areas. This has led [...]

February 22nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Service delivery|Comments Off on UDM condemns service disruptions by ANC in Ingquza Hill Municipality

SONA Debate: UDM comments on the reply by the President

The United Democratic Movement welcomes the comment made by the President in response to our call for an All-Inclusive National Economic Transformation Indaba. Notwithstanding his fears, we remain convinced that South Africans from all political and socio-economic persuasions are prepared to do everything possible for the growth and development of our economy. As South Africans did with the political transition, decided to embrace each other irrespective of different ideological positions and a painful experience, surely [...]

February 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on SONA Debate: UDM comments on the reply by the President

Bantu Holomisa writes to the Speaker of the NA re Gupta Family

REFERENCE ARTICLES: Reference articles... • Mining Minister’s Gupta Trip • Name: Van Rooyen’s two Gupta ‘advisers’ who almost hijacked SA Treasury • Duarte denies abuse of office • Why the Gupta family’s alleged deal with Denel is dubious • Denel and Gupta venture ‘illegal’ • Gupta-Zuma Firm gets 10th of Richards Bay Coal Export Rights • Nuclear energy: Gupta’ power play (Shive Uranium) Dear Honourable Speaker THE THREAT PRESENTED BY THE GUPTA FAMILY TO THE SECURITY [...]

February 18th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Open Letters, Parastatals|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa writes to the Speaker of the NA re Gupta Family

SONA Debate: contribution by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the Joint Sitting of Parliament

Honourable Speaker, President and Honourable Members The drought that has visited our land has affected big, small, formal and informal farming sector, depending on their proximity to a scarce source of water. In this regard, United Democratic Movement suggests that, drought relief interventions, whether at a planning or implementation stage, should deliberately target the small and informal farmers too, as their contribution in providing food security and fight poverty, is relevant and significant. Honourable Speaker [...]

February 17th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|Comments Off on SONA Debate: contribution by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the Joint Sitting of Parliament

2016 SONA debate: contribution by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP IN PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA   Hon Speaker, Hon President and Members The South African economic situation demands that we adopt an approach that is all inclusive and pragmatic. One of the credits to our country is our ability to resolve challenges through dialogue. Perhaps in resolving the current economic crisis, we need to borrow from our recent past. CODESA delivered political liberation with more still [...]

February 16th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, SONA, Speeches|2 Comments

UDM SONA Expectations

Statement issued by UDM President Bantu Holomisa The United Democratic Movement expects the President to outline: How is the government going to bring concrete and realistic solutions to our economic woes: Instead of the consumptive policies that the current leadership is obsessed with characterised by targeted corrupt consumption like in the case of pension fund in which Nedlac failed to play its role. It would be a bold and positive stance if the President was [...]

February 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, SONA|Comments Off on UDM SONA Expectations

Zuma must go

Zuma has no respect for the people of this country. He has embarrassed his own colleagues in the ruling party, in the process compromised the morale fibre of this country. His pronouncement is nothing less of electioneering. The people of South Africa must continue to hold the President and government to account. His attempt to want to avoid further embarrassment and ridicule by the Constitutional Court, should be rejected at all costs. The Constitutional Court [...]

February 3rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDESMO, Zumagate|Comments Off on Zuma must go

UDM calls for Commission Of Inquiry on ARV crisis, Free State

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi. UDM Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement (UDM), we are stunned by the dire situation of ARV treatment shortage for HIV positive patients in the Free State province. The problem has led to many patients defaulting on their treatment as they have not received medication since October last year while at some parts of the province the problem began as early as June. We cannot fold our arms and [...]

February 1st, 2016|2016 Archive, Health, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for Commission Of Inquiry on ARV crisis, Free State

KSD ready for 2016 Local Government Elections

Statement issued by UDM KSD Electoral Task Team The UDM in the KSD is ready for the 2016 Local Government Elections. Guided by our national manifesto, which was adopted and launched in our 5th National Congress held in December 2015; we are finalising our localised KSD version of the manifesto. In our local manifesto, we will focus on Good Governance. In this regard, the rule of law shall be a system on which proper local [...]

January 28th, 2016|2016 Archive, 2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on KSD ready for 2016 Local Government Elections

UDEMWO has no confidence in police

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are shocked and saddened to hear that no arrests have been made on the recent rape attacks against two female students at the University of Cape Town. As women we are left with a question of how many innocent women must fall victim of this horrendous crime before swift actions can be taken to put an end to this and protect them. We are even more [...]

January 26th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security|Comments Off on UDEMWO has no confidence in police

UDM welcomes the appointment of new Police Commissioners

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi, UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the appointment of the two Commissioners, Lieutenant General Baile Brenda Motswenyane who will be at the helm of the North West Police while Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Elvis Julathe will be in control of the gangster riddled Western Cape Province. We hope that the newly appointed Commissioners will bring a positive change and turn things around in the provinces and in the [...]

January 22nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Safety and Security|Comments Off on UDM welcomes the appointment of new Police Commissioners

Public Protector must investigate Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

Dear Advocate Madonsela  REQUEST FOR AN URGENT INVESTIGATION: Public Investment Corporation (PIC). I take this opportunity to welcome and wish you and your office, a very successful year in the service of the nation, in 2016. In this regard, I wish to table the following matter with you, so that you may investigate it appropriately for the benefit of the South African public. I have anonymously received serious allegations with regard to the possible corruption [...]

January 20th, 2016|2016 Archive, Chapter Nine Institutions, Home, Open Letters, Parastatals|Comments Off on Public Protector must investigate Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

UDM calls for National Pension Fund Forum

Statement issued by UDM President – MP, Bantu Holomisa The furore on the Tax Laws Amendment Act and Tax Administration requires an action by all contributors. This is more urgent given that the Public Investment Corporation Fund is now targeted as the next stop for huge transactions to the ruling party and its big business friends. UDM calls for a National Pension Fund Forum which will amongst others, consider the following: • Monitoring of all [...]

January 20th, 2016|2016 Archive, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for National Pension Fund Forum

ANC must refrain from violence

As the United Democratic Movement, we are disappointed by the ANC member, Bongani Mkongi, who holds a high position in the ruling party who took to social media calling upon ANC members for the burning and killing of innocent lives that were inside a block of flats where a ”Zuma Must Fall” banner was hung. This is unacceptable. His comments have shown clearly that the ruling party and its leaders do not care about the [...]

January 20th, 2016|2016 Archive, Civil Disobedience, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on ANC must refrain from violence

Christmas and New Year’s message from Bantu Holomisa

Fellow South Africans, I herewith extend my heartfelt wishes for a peaceful 2015/2016 festive season. As we bid farewell to this year we are appreciative of our achievements and mindful of the challenges we face. 2015 was a good year for the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the nation. It is a year in which my family and I celebrated my 60th birthday. My extended family and friends celebrated this achievement both in Gauteng and [...]

December 24th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Christmas and New Year’s message from Bantu Holomisa