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Covid-19 and government: a worst nightmare for women and children

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is deeply perturbed by how life is turning out for many South Africans, especially women, as we daily hear of large numbers of retrenchments, due to the Covid-19 lockdown. This is hitting very hard in the cases of sole family-breadwinners. It was [...]

UDEMWO rejects reopening of schools

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) rejects the reopening of schools, on 1 June 2020 for Grade 7 and 12 learners, as announced yesterday by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and so approved by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). The fact that the Minister herself had [...]

Unfair food parcel distribution: the ANC’s greediness is worrisome

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is disheartened by how government and SASSA are keeping quiet about African National Congress (ANC) officials, members and/or councillors unfairly distributing food parcels to the needy in various communities throughout South Africa. In some areas, food parcels are given to people along party [...]

UDEMWO: Children going to school: is government really ready for this massive operation?

Ms Thandi Nontenja As we are amid the battle against the Coronavirus, we have heard government saying that strict health guidelines have been drawn up regarding the operation of schools, including limiting pupils to 40 in a class, compulsory mask-wearing and the sanitisation of hands, classrooms and scholar transport. However, since the number [...]

UDMYV: Bad Labour Practice: Remuneration of Educators Needs Urgent Attention

  The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) commends national government for supporting educators’ bursaries, as well as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in order to advance disadvantaged learners, especially those from informal and rural areas. It is however discouraging that, even though educators continue to commit themselves to ensure that learners receive [...]

2020-04-29T14:40:03+02:00April 29th, 2020|2020 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Labour|0 Comments

UDM’s reaction Finance Minister’s briefing on the economic stimulus package

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has listened with interest to the details that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced as part of South Africa’s response to the economic havoc the Coronavirus has wrought. He appears to have clarity of thought with regards to the economic policy interventions required, but the proof will be in the pudding [...]

UDM’s reaction to Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the announcements President Cyril Ramaphosa made on government’s plans to temper the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on South African’s lives and stimulate the economy. With this R500 billion stimulus package the government is falling in step with governments around the world, which have embarked on massive fiscal stimulus [...]

UDM calls for urgent meeting of Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee to discuss SAA

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, UDM Deputy President Early in February 2020, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan briefed the Portfolio Committee of Public Enterprises and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the December 2019 decision to put South African Airways (SAA) under business rescue. A decision was then taken that the business rescue [...]

2020-04-19T11:53:34+02:00April 19th, 2020|2020 Archive, State Owned Enterprises|0 Comments

UDM donates to Coronavirus Solidarity Fund

Ms Gloria Serobe Chairperson of the Solidarity Fund Dear Ms Serobe UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT’S DONATION TO SOLIDARITY FUND We greet you at this critical time of South Africa’s battle against the Coronavirus pandemic on our shores, in the spirit of empathy and unity. In line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call that public representatives make donations [...]

2020-04-17T15:13:58+02:00April 17th, 2020|#CoronavirusInSA, 2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa|0 Comments

Holomisa writes to NCCC re COVID-19 lockdown review

Dear Chairperson of the National Coronavirus Command Council IMPORTANT MATTERS TO CONSIDER DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN REVIEW I wish to thank you for taking us, as political parties and stakeholders in South African society, for the confidence you showed in consulting us regarding the COVID-19 lockdown. We still endorse this critical move to find [...]

COVID-19: Holomisa writes to NCCC: “Keep SA clean”

Dear Chairperson of the National Coronavirus Command Council CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS AND HEALTH DURING COVID-19 CRISIS AND LOCKDOWN As I stated at the Union Buildings on 22 March 2020, when the President and some of us as political leaders addressed the nation, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that in order for [...]

PIC report: the UDM is vindicated on Harith

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the publishing of the long-awaited report of the Mpati Commission of inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). We are happy that, even though President Ramaphosa took his sweet time in releasing it, it does not seem as if there was any attempt to lessen the blow. We [...]

2020-03-12T18:27:07+02:00March 12th, 2020|#PICScandal, 2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance|Comments Off on PIC report: the UDM is vindicated on Harith

No to a Quarantine Centre in Limpopo

  The United Democratic Movement in Limpopo is disheartened by the unliteral decision taken by the Department of Health to bring South Africans who are to be repatriated from Wuhan, China which is the Capital of Coronavirus to Limpopo. As much as Limpopo is a friendly province, it must not be taken for granted and [...]

2020-03-12T16:00:09+02:00March 12th, 2020|2020 Archive, Home, Issues|Comments Off on No to a Quarantine Centre in Limpopo

UDEMWO welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi. The Gauteng MEC of Education Mr Phanyaza Lesufi has done a sterling job to make sure those that are implicated are brought to book timeously including the Headmaster of Parktown Boys. Though this will not [...]

2020-03-06T10:48:24+02:00March 6th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes the forensic report of Enoch Mpianzi

Yearly protests at higher learning institutions is cause for much concern

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) notes with concern the year-in-year-out students’ protests about acceptance at higher learning institutions, registration fees, transport allowances and accommodation. We have seen quite disturbing scenes of frustrated students from, for example, the University of Zululand and the University of the [...]

2020-03-05T13:20:34+02:00March 5th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Human rights, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Yearly protests at higher learning institutions is cause for much concern

Bantu Holomisa on Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth

Speech by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President on The Big Political Corner – Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth at the Black Business Council Annual Policy Summit at Gallagher Estate in Midrand Let me start off by saying thank you to the Black Business Council for hosting this summit and complimenting it for having a good [...]

2020-03-05T10:19:09+02:00March 5th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Higher and Basic Education, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa on Socio-Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth

Beastly behaviour at higher learning institutions

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is extremely shocked at the beastly behaviour of students at the University of Fort Hare. Hardly a month has passed since Yonela Boli was allegedly slain by his girlfriend at this very same institution, and it has come to UDEMWO’s attention that Olwethu [...]

2020-02-26T12:18:38+02:00February 26th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Beastly behaviour at higher learning institutions

Violent protests at universities: why is Dr Nzimande quiet?

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned that the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology is quite reticent when the country needs his attention the most. Since the beginning of the academic year, there has been unrest in a number of South African universities like the [...]

2020-02-20T12:29:02+02:00February 20th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Human rights, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Police brutality, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Violent protests at universities: why is Dr Nzimande quiet?

Bantu Holomisa on South Africa Today and How Best to Position Ourselves for the Future

Let me start off by saying a heartfelt “thank you” to the South African Ubuntu Foundation for giving me this opportunity to chat with you today. Ladies and gentlemen, South Africa faces a triple crisis. Not the conventional one of unemployment, poverty and inequality, though those underlying socio-economic conditions remain, scarring our land, and casting [...]

2020-02-20T09:10:26+02:00February 20th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa on South Africa Today and How Best to Position Ourselves for the Future

SONA 2020 debate: speech by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly

Mr President Honourable Speaker Honourable Members Since the change of government in 1994 there have been improvements. Yet, judging by the uneasiness of the people who have been suffering due to poor service delivery, it is difficult to explain to them, when the same leadership which liberated them yesterday are now embroiled in the [...]

2020-02-18T17:34:14+02:00February 18th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, SONA|Comments Off on SONA 2020 debate: speech by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly

Dissent voices on SOEs by top leadership is disheartening!

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement takes note on contradicting statements issued over the weekend by the President of the ruling party and his National Person on the ailing state-owned entity the South African airways. The President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that SAA will not be sold or shut [...]

2020-02-10T14:44:53+02:00February 10th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Economy, Government, Human rights, Local Government, Media statements: UDM, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Dissent voices on SOEs by top leadership is disheartening!

The UDM Youth Vanguard is disgusted by bully tendencies from the DA.

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng For far too long, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has used every nefarious political tactic to tarnish the image and reputation of the of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Comrade Mongameli Bobani with baseless accusations. The smear campaign against Mr Bobani started during the days of Athol [...]

2020-02-05T12:20:52+02:00February 5th, 2020|2020 Archive, Human rights, Media statements: UDMYV, Nelson Mandela Bay, NMB, Youth Issues|Comments Off on The UDM Youth Vanguard is disgusted by bully tendencies from the DA.

Postponement of lower Data prices is a Justice Denied

  The UDM Youth Vanguard is in awe at the extension of the deadline that was initially two months for network operators to reduce data costs. If these network operators were interested in reducing data, they could have done so within the timeframe the Competition Commission had set. Calls for reduction of data prices were [...]

2020-02-03T13:59:28+02:00February 3rd, 2020|#DataMustFall, 2020 Archive, Economy, Government, Home, Human rights, Issues, Justice, Media statements: UDMYV, Uncategorized, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Postponement of lower Data prices is a Justice Denied

Speech by Bantu Holomisa at the farewell function for Major General Mlindeni Sibango

Ladies and gentlemen Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to say a few words at this farewell function for Major General Mlindeni Sibango; a brother in arms and a long-time friend. On behalf of General Sibango I wish to thank the South African National Defence Force for giving him the opportunity to serve this [...]

2020-01-31T12:42:30+02:00January 31st, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Defence, Home, Speeches, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Speech by Bantu Holomisa at the farewell function for Major General Mlindeni Sibango

Free Education a reality or a dream deferred

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng In December 2017 on the evening of the ANC Conference, South African youth woke up to news that free higher education was finally a reality as the then President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma declared. These news were greatly received with jubilation hence fees must fall activists thought they [...]

2020-01-29T11:36:13+02:00January 29th, 2020|2020 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Human rights, Issues, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Free Education a reality or a dream deferred

Enough is Enough: Laticia Jansen

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is totally flabbergasted with the ongoing behaviour of violence within schoolers in South Africa. Every day, every week, we wake up to devastating news of yet another learner that has lost a life. This has become a norm in our society, with so [...]

2020-01-27T15:47:15+02:00January 27th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Police, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Enough is Enough: Laticia Jansen

Signing of indemnity in schools must be reviewed: Enoch Mpianzi’s incident

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is as shocked as President Cyril Ramaphosa would be, at the total negligence at Parktown Boys High, where a young boy named Enoch Mpianzi lost his life during their trip at Ngathi River and Bush lodge. We ask ourselves a question, why there [...]

2020-01-24T11:02:31+02:00January 24th, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Justice, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Signing of indemnity in schools must be reviewed: Enoch Mpianzi’s incident

Justice for Sibongile Nkhwashu

  Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is disgusted by the acts of South African men who have no respect for women’s lives. In the previous year, we have seen women die like flies in the hands of men. It has been 22 days into the New year, we wake [...]

2020-01-24T11:04:53+02:00January 23rd, 2020|2020 Archive, Human rights, Media statements: UDEMWO, Thandi Nontenja, Uncategorized, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Justice for Sibongile Nkhwashu

Justice for Sibongile Nkhwashu

Ms Thandi Nontenja[/caption] The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is disgusted by the acts of South African men who have no respect for women’s lives. In the previous year, we have seen women die like flies in the hands of men. It has been 22 days into the New year, we wake up [...]

2020-01-23T15:16:58+02:00January 23rd, 2020|2020 Archive, Human rights, Thandi Nontenja, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Justice for Sibongile Nkhwashu

A weird way of Employing teachers in KZN!

  The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KZN, appeals to the Department of Education in the province, to be cognisant of the 'transparency' element in the 'Batho Pele' principle when it comes to employment of teachers. The Department has since taken upon itself in employing teachers instead of them being appointed at their respective districts [...]

2020-01-22T15:38:39+02:00January 22nd, 2020|2020 Archive, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, UDM statements: KZN|Comments Off on A weird way of Employing teachers in KZN!

Dismissal of Corrupt Managers at the SABC is not enough!

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is of the view that the reports that shows the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) has lost 1.5Billion in revenue over the period of 2018/19 is unacceptable to the core. The dismissal and disciplinary measures by the Public broadcaster are not enough punishable [...]

2020-01-21T15:05:36+02:00January 21st, 2020|2020 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Dismissal of Corrupt Managers at the SABC is not enough!

UDM in talks with DA

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Democratic Alliance met today in Pretoria to talk about the possible future of coalition politics in South Africa; in particularly where it concerns the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM). Various matters were discussed in terms of the principles that must be applied to take the work [...]

2020-01-16T12:51:21+02:00January 16th, 2020|2020 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Coalition, Coalition Government, Democracy, Nelson Mandela Bay, NMB, Political Realignment|Comments Off on UDM in talks with DA

Access to Internet is a Human Right! 

  The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard welcomes the Competition Commission call for the South African mobile operator giants Vodacom and MTN to reduce their data charges by 30% to 50% within two months.   This has been a call that the UDMYV has made for quite some time, calling for data to fall and [...]

2019-12-11T15:28:27+02:00December 11th, 2019|#DataMustFall, 2019 Archive, Economy, Government, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDMYV|Comments Off on Access to Internet is a Human Right! 

From Humble Beginnings to Queen of the Universe

  Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Secretary Gauteng The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard joins millions of South Africans and Billions of people around the globe in celebrating yet another victory for our country. Our Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has won Miss Universe 2019 pageant held in Atlanta USA. After wowing to the judges [...]

UDM NEC decision regarding the removal of Cllr Bobani as Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor

Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) met at the weekend to discuss the removal of the UDM’s executive mayor in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality through a vote of no confidence on 5 December 2019. After carefully considering the feedback it received, [...]

2019-12-07T16:04:51+02:00December 7th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Coalition Government, Democracy|Comments Off on UDM NEC decision regarding the removal of Cllr Bobani as Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor

Call to keep South Africa rubbish-free over the Festive Season

As we approach the annual exodus where most South Africans return to their homes in the rural areas, and travel to holiday destinations, to take a rest period and celebrate the Festive Season, we are confronted with the usual littering along our roads. Travelers tend to throw garbage out of car and taxi windows, and [...]

2019-12-05T09:17:44+02:00December 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Environment|Comments Off on Call to keep South Africa rubbish-free over the Festive Season

Gender-based violence: Enough is Enough!

Ms Thandi Nontenja The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is disheartened about how these brutal killings are becoming a norm in our communities. Another young life lost, another bright future deprived. We cannot afford to have yet another hashtag with no action taken by the Police and other relevant departments including the Presidency. [...]

2019-12-04T14:05:23+02:00December 4th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Issues, Justice, Police, Thandi Nontenja, Uncategorized, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Gender-based violence: Enough is Enough!

KwaZulu-Natal Precarious Weather

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the families who had lost their loved ones in the past 3 days, due to the severe and dreich weather in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Party also sympathises with the members of different communities [...]

Leaders/Depts of KZN Provincial Government are extravagant

The United Democratic Movement is perturbed by the news that the MEC for Education in the Province is using a hired motor vehicle for his official business that is costing taxpayers a whooping R100 000 per month. This is unbelievable if one considers that the ANC claims to be the government of the people and [...]

2019-11-12T14:50:04+02:00November 12th, 2019|2019 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Opinion Pieces, UDM statements: KZN, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Leaders/Depts of KZN Provincial Government are extravagant

A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

  Mr Bongani MsomiUDM Secretary General The United Democratic Movement is disheartened by the sad news of the passing of an educator at Sivuyile Primary School in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape. The video of a heated argument between an Educator and a learner started circulating on social media late last week. The UDM is [...]

2019-11-06T14:54:48+02:00November 6th, 2019|2019 Archive, Bongani Msomi, Government, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Uncategorized, Youth Issues|Comments Off on A teacher dies: Keiskammahoek tragedy

UDM reaction to Mmusi Maimane’s resignation

The past few days has certainly been interesting in terms of changes to the South African political landscape. Not only has senior leader, Herman Mashaba, announced that he can no longer remain a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA), now its federal leader Mmusi Maimane has resigned. The pressure brought on by Ryan Coetzee, [...]

2019-10-23T17:40:23+02:00October 23rd, 2019|2019 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Democracy, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|Comments Off on UDM reaction to Mmusi Maimane’s resignation