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UDEMWO calls for swift action by MEC Qedani Mahlangu

Statement issued  by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed by the news of a possible risk of babies going blind due to power outage at one of the biggest hospitals in Africa, Chris Hani Baragwanath. It is with great sadness that such an unfortunate event is not taken serious by the health authorities instead the Department of Health in Gauteng is busy playing hide and seek while [...]

November 23rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for swift action by MEC Qedani Mahlangu

Presentation by UDM President at SCSA, Zurich

Presentation by the President of the United Democratic Movement and Member of the South African Parliament, Mr Bantu Holomisa at the SwissCham Southern Africa (SCSA) Chamber of Commerce – Zunfthaus zur Schmiden, Marktgasse, Zurich, 17 November 2015 Programme Director, The Chairman, Mr George Umbricht, Her Excellency the South African Ambassador to Switzerland, Ambassador and Mrs Staehelin Dignified Guests and participants from all corners of society, Ladies and gentlemen   1. Introduction: On South Africa entering [...]

November 17th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches|6 Comments

UDM welcomes sentencing of Mido Marcia’s killers

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi As the United Democratic Movement (UDM), we welcome the sentencing of the eight (8) police officers who were involved in the horrendous assault that led to the death of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Marcia in Daveyton in 2013. The sentencing sends out a clear and strong message to all other officers and criminals who think they are above the law. We hope that the justice system will continue to deal [...]

November 11th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality|Comments Off on UDM welcomes sentencing of Mido Marcia’s killers

Together moving the NCOP forward

ADDRESS BY LB Gaehler EC NCOP MP TOGETHER MOVING THE NCOP FORWARD AS A VANGUARD OF THE INTERESTS OF PROVINCES Hon Chairperson and Honourable Members Indeed there is more to be gained from running a cohesive and well-co-ordinated system for this house to avoid working in silo and harmful completion and costly duplication of efforts across the sphere of government. It is in this house that all spheres of government, at a legislative level, can [...]

November 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Together moving the NCOP forward

MPs 2nd Global TB Caucus

ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker and Members Tuberculosis (TB) represents a threat to both the lives and livelihoods of people in the world and no country can fight it alone. It is a global health threat. In this regard, the Global TB Caucus as well as the 2nd summit, is fully supported as an essential step to foment a truly robust and sustainable global response to this global [...]

November 4th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on MPs 2nd Global TB Caucus

ANCWL march insult to women

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja :UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are overwhelmed at the stunt by the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) to take into the streets in defence of President Jacob Zuma. Their march shows clearly that Women’s League does not care about societal matters but their main objective is covering each other’s backs rather than the masses. This is an insult to women of this [...]

October 28th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on ANCWL march insult to women

Debate on Higher Education Transformation

Address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Speaker and Honourable Members, We should all take a leaf out of the students’ book because during their protests they were able to rise above narrow sectarian interests to fight for a common cause, something which is becoming rarer and rarer in our national politics. The second lesson is that, apart from other political dynamics that were at play, the rejection of political parties during [...]

October 27th, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher education, Home, Speeches|1 Comment

State of the Organisation – towards the UDM 5th National Congress

In preparation of the National Congress of the United Democratic Movement, this discussion document was developed to allow members to assess the state of the organisation from their point of view and engage in discussion to ensure active participation at the Party's National Congress in December 2015   "We once again have the opportunity to give an account of the work done over the past five years. It was in December 2010, that a gathering [...]

October 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Discussion Documents, Home|Comments Off on State of the Organisation – towards the UDM 5th National Congress

UDM wishes matriculants luck

Statement issued by Bongani Msomi,UDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes the Matric class of 2015 the best of luck with their final exams that have commenced today throughout the country. These exams are crucial in determining your future through education and all of your efforts and hard work will improve your chances of making better career choices. The country has witnessed many protests that have led to the disruption of school attendance [...]

October 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Basic Education, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM wishes matriculants luck

PE Ward 30 service delivery challenges

LETTER TO PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA, MINISTER PRAVIN GORDHAN AND MAYOR DANNY JORDAAN BY UDM PRESIDENT BANTU HOLOMISA Honourable Mr D Jordaan Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality First Floor City Hall Vuyisile Mini Square Port Elizabeth Honourable Mr Pravin Gordhan Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Republic of South Africa 120 Plein Street, Floor 11 Room 1110 Cape Town 8000 Honourable Mr JG Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Tuynhuys [...]

October 23rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Open Letters, Service delivery|Comments Off on PE Ward 30 service delivery challenges

Advancing Infrastructure Investment and Development for better Services to Communities

  Hon Chairperson and Members A well targeted, strategic and access to comprehensive set of basic infrastructure services, is essential to attain social and economic goals and ensure equal opportunity for all people to participate in a country’s economy. Although numerous laws and policies intended to improve people’s quality of life and promote economic and social transformation were introduced since the dawn of democracy, such have achieved mixed successes and the people are still experiencing [...]

October 23rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Advancing Infrastructure Investment and Development for better Services to Communities

Police attack against students

Statement issued by UDM President, Bantu Holomisa The brutal attack by police directed against the peacefully protesting students of the Nelson Mandela Municipality University and other Universities in the country, resembles the apartheid government’s response during the mid-1970s to the mid-1980 student uprising against Bantu Education. If one poor student loses his or her life as a result of the police actions, will not be surprised, Marikana has taught us, that even under democracy, a [...]

October 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher education, Home, Police brutality|Comments Off on Police attack against students

UDEMWO condemns Kensington attack

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) condemns the ruthless and inhumane incident that took place over the weekend where a young woman was gang raped by 12 men in front of their partners while the other woman managed to escape. Their partners were then tied up and drowned in a dam in Kensington, Johannesburg. This is such a disgusting and dreadful attack that cannot be [...]

October 19th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns Kensington attack

Harsh measures against “baby dumpers”

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General In the wake of new born babies being abandoned and deserted throughout the country, the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is calling for harsh actions against those responsible for these inhumane acts. The abandonment of babies has become a norm and it is not acceptable at all. This is a problem that has gotten out hand. A lot must be done by government with society [...]

October 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Harsh measures against “baby dumpers”

UDM calls DA to order

Statement by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa-UDM Chief Whip The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disturbed and disappointed by the racist social media post attributed to the Democratic Alliance (DA) Honourable Dianne Kohler-Barnard. There is no other way to read and understand these reckless comments than as pure racism and an endorsement of the apartheid system. We cannot allow Honourable Kohler-Barnard to glorify and romanticize the diabolic system of apartheid. She will recall that under PW Botha’s regime [...]

October 1st, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls DA to order

Diverting ratepayers’ funds in Beacon Bay, Buffalo City

Honourable Mr JG Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Honourable Mr Pravin Gordhan Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dear Mr President and Minister DIVERTING RATEPAYERS FUNDS IN BEACON BAY, BUFFALO CITY MUNICIPALITY The above matter has reference. A group of ratepayers residing in Beacon Bay, Buffalo City Municipality in the Eastern Cape have for period of three to four years, decided to divert their rates to a separate bank account held [...]

September 30th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Open Letters|Comments Off on Diverting ratepayers’ funds in Beacon Bay, Buffalo City