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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 [...]

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

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!

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

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!

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! 

UDMYV: Return of “drug mule” Babsie Nobanda

  The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard would like to congratulate Nolubabalo “Babsie” Nobanda for taking her destiny into her own hands whilst imprisoned in Thailand for drug smuggling. She is returning home with a degree in communications obtained from the University of South Africa. However, we are concerned that she is coming back [...]

2019-08-14T14:45:22+02:00August 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, Economy, Job creation, Media statements: UDMYV, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDMYV: Return of “drug mule” Babsie Nobanda

Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the budget debate on economic development

1. Having tried to juxtapose the MEC‘s policy speech with his department’s operational plan driven by such a minute budget, I could only conclude that the Eastern Cape government is going nowhere. When you reduce, by as much as 25%, the budget of Treasury, what do you expect to achieve in the sickly fiscal [...]

2019-08-23T15:06:15+02:00August 13th, 2019|2019 Archive, Economy, Home, Mncedisi Filtane, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape Legislature: Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MPL’s contribution to the budget debate on economic development

Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President’s address at the BPI Foundation’s 2019 Summit

Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President’s address at the BPI Foundation’s 2019 Summit on 1 and 2 August 2019 at the Midrand Conference Centre Topic of discussion: “The oneness and shared success we seek and should aspire to as a new nation and developing country, while battling with deep wounds of our historical atrocities” • [...]

Youth unemployment can only be solved at an Economic Indaba

Second quarter stats have shown that youth unemployment has risen significantly and President Cyril Ramaphosa has cautioned the citizens of this country to prepare themselves for more job losses. These pronouncements come just after the President’s famous promise of the creation of two million jobs in ten years’ time. President Ramaphosa cannot make beautiful statements [...]

2019-07-30T14:29:21+02:00July 30th, 2019|#NationalSummit, 2019 Archive, Economy, Home, Job creation, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Youth unemployment can only be solved at an Economic Indaba

Bantu Holomisa’s address at a UDM Election Rally at Marikana

• National Leadership of the UDM • Provincial and regional leaders of the party • UDM members and supporters • Fellow South Africans 1. Introduction Greetings to you all and thank you for welcoming the United Democratic Movement (UDM) into your midst with such open arms. We have been here many times after that [...]

2019-04-14T14:25:10+02:00April 14th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Home, Labour, Marikana Massacre, Minerals and Energy, Police brutality, Public Investment Corporation, SA Mining Industry, Speeches|Comments Off on Bantu Holomisa’s address at a UDM Election Rally at Marikana

Bantu Holomisa speaks at a Unisa panel discussion on the 2019 general elections

• Our hosts today • Dr Somadoda Fikeni, our moderator • Those who represent the various departments that sponsored this panel discussion • My colleagues from other political parties • Academics and students • Ladies and gentlemen Thank you for affording me the opportunity to have a chat with you today. 1. The UDM’s [...]

An Alternative State of the Nation: Holomisa addresses the Cape Town Press Club

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP and UDM President regarding an Alternative State of the Nation at the Cape Town Press Club • Chairperson • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Introduction We are grateful to be part of this engagement exploring the very important subject of the true state of the nation. We are just [...]

2019-02-05T14:01:32+02:00February 5th, 2019|2019 Archive, 2019 Election Campaign, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Parastatals, Public Investment Corporation|Comments Off on An Alternative State of the Nation: Holomisa addresses the Cape Town Press Club

The PIC commission should start now that Nene has been fired

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MPUDM President We welcome President Ramaphosa’s decision to show Nhlanhla Nene the door. We have consistently been calling on the President to act with speed in instituting a commission of inquiry regarding the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). The Gupta scandal makes the exploitation of the PIC look like a [...]

2018-10-10T11:53:51+02:00October 10th, 2018|2018 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on The PIC commission should start now that Nene has been fired

Workers Day 2018

Media release by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP and UDM Deputy President On Labour Day, 1 May 2018, we all dwell on the plight of the working South African and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) unequivocally supports our workforce. South Africa’s painful history, with the exploitation of black South Africans, has left a scar on [...]

2018-05-01T12:33:53+02:00April 30th, 2018|2018 Archive, Economy, Home, Labour, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa|Comments Off on Workers Day 2018

#EWC #LandDebate #UdmMthathaDialogue… don’t sit out! Take ownership of the debate; whether you live in a palace, house, flat, rondawel or a shack. We all deserve equality and economic freedom

Speaking Notes for Mr B Holomisa, MP and UDM President at a Public Community Meeting on the Expropriation of Land without Compensation: a National Assembly Resolution • Chairperson • Traditional, religious and community leaders • Leaders of the UDM and our public representatives • Ladies and gentlemen 1. Welcome Thank you for accepting my [...]

2018-04-25T17:31:51+02:00April 25th, 2018|#NationalSummit, 2018 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Bantu Holomisa, Economy, Home, Land, Speeches|Comments Off on #EWC #LandDebate #UdmMthathaDialogue… don’t sit out! Take ownership of the debate; whether you live in a palace, house, flat, rondawel or a shack. We all deserve equality and economic freedom

Changes to labour legislations must go back to #Nedlac for broader consultation

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) makes an urgent call on government to refer the proposed changes to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, as well as the introduction of the National Minimum Wages Bill, back to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). These proposed changes are tantamount [...]

2018-04-24T20:00:16+02:00April 24th, 2018|2018 Archive, Economy, Home, Human rights, Labour, Media statements: UDM, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa|Comments Off on Changes to labour legislations must go back to #Nedlac for broader consultation

#RememberingMandela, Bantu Holomisa’s keynote address on the the Fourth anniversary since Madiba’s passing

NMF's 4th anniversary of the passing of Madiba (Houghton) • Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, • Mrs Graça Machel and Members of the Mandela Family, • Honoured Guests, • Ladies and Gentlemen. 1. Meeting Nelson Mandela When Madiba passed away, four years ago, a great sense of [...]

2017-12-05T19:39:11+02:00December 5th, 2017|#NationalSummit, 2017 Archive, Bantu Holomisa, Chapter Nine Institutions, Coalition Government, Economy, Environment, Home, Justice, SONA, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on #RememberingMandela, Bantu Holomisa’s keynote address on the the Fourth anniversary since Madiba’s passing

#MTBSP2017 Mini-budget: Minister Gigaba is reaping what he sowed

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy speech was unimpressive. In fact, it seemed a mere rehash of his predecessors’ old proposals. He was so non-committal, that there is very little hope that we will soon see agencies rate South Africa higher than ‘junk status’. The reaction of [...]

2017-10-25T21:43:11+02:00October 25th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on #MTBSP2017 Mini-budget: Minister Gigaba is reaping what he sowed

UDM reacts on South Africa exiting recession with 2.5% of GDP Growth

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR NQABAYOMZI KWANKWA – UDM DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND CHIEF WHIP The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the good news of South Africa’s exit from the recession. The poorest of the poor need a better performing economy to take them out of poverty, unemployment and inequality. We hope, corruption which compounds these triple [...]

2017-09-05T14:13:18+02:00September 5th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts on South Africa exiting recession with 2.5% of GDP Growth

UDM reaction on the alleged cracking down on political opponents in Lesotho

Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa – UDM President The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disturbed by the reports of alleged political intolerance in Lesotho. In this regard, we call on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), through its facilitator, the Deputy President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene with speed, and ensure [...]

2017-09-04T11:42:03+02:00September 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Archives, Economy, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reaction on the alleged cracking down on political opponents in Lesotho

ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

If it was not for the serious implications of the ruling party deployment agency; one might be tempted to laugh at the situation around the reinstatement of Mr Brian Molefe as the Eskom Chief Executive (CE). Exasperated opinions by, or on, Mr Molefe, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Browne, the ruling party and the Eskom Board [...]

2017-05-12T17:47:31+02:00May 12th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Parastatals, Public Works|Comments Off on ANC hypocrisy too thick to swallow; Molefe “re-redeployment”

UDM writes to Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence to request urgent meeting to quiz origins of the so-called Intelligence Report

Dear Mr Nqakula REQUEST FOR URGENT MEETING: JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE The above matter refers. In my capacity as a member of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, I request that you convene an urgent meeting of the Committee to consider the widely reported and circulated ‘Intelligence Report’ [the Report] that purportedly has [...]

2017-06-13T15:04:51+02:00April 4th, 2017|2017 Archive, Economy, Home, Intelligence, Open Letters, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM writes to Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence to request urgent meeting to quiz origins of the so-called Intelligence Report

Consideration of 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and Report of Standing Committee on Finance – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Honourable Speaker and Honourable members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports the 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and the Report of the Standing Committee on Finance. We appreciate that the Minister, as always, tried his best, notwithstanding the difficult circumstances occasioned by the bold call from the President for a budget that responds to [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:10+02:00March 8th, 2017|2017 Archive, Economy, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Consideration of 2017 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposal and Report of Standing Committee on Finance – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Competition Commission: Major banks must pay for any possible misdeeds

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the findings of the Competition Commission regarding 17 major banks operating in South Africa accused of price fixing in international markets and manipulating the South African currency. The Competition Commission has been courageous in its fight against corruption, especially the private sector. Most of its findings have withstood scrutiny [...]

2017-06-13T15:07:44+02:00February 16th, 2017|2017 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Competition Commission: Major banks must pay for any possible misdeeds

President Zuma is considering a judicial inquiry into South African major banks in favour of the Gupta Family

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is appalled to learn that President Zuma is considering establishing a judicial inquiry into the closure of the bank accounts of the Guptas’ Oakbay Investments. The President confirmed this after being asked the following straight-forward question during the oral question session in Parliament on 23 November 2016: “Mr. President, on [...]

2017-06-13T15:12:54+02:00November 23rd, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on President Zuma is considering a judicial inquiry into South African major banks in favour of the Gupta Family

Pravin Gordhan to have his day in court

The United Democratic Movement has noted that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been issued with a formal summons to appear in court in relation to the South African Revenue Services “rogue unit”. While we believe that no-one is above the law, this matter must be handled with the utmost care so that it does not [...]

2017-03-09T16:15:28+02:00October 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Pravin Gordhan to have his day in court

UDM reacts on President Zuma’s answers to question on Gupta’s Role in the appointment of Ministers

Media Statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa, MP This afternoon the President had an opportunity to take the country into his confidence and either confirm or deny the revelations made by the Deputy Minister of Finance, yesterday. Alas, he chose utter arrogance and maximum denialism in defense of his travelers, the Guptas family and his [...]

2016-10-28T19:59:28+02:00March 17th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM, Zumagate|Comments Off on UDM reacts on President Zuma’s answers to question on Gupta’s Role in the appointment of Ministers

UDM reacts on Gupta’s offering Deputy Minister Jonas a position of Finance Minister

Media statement by UDM President Bantu Holomisa MP United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the shocking confirmations made the Deputy Minister of Finance Mr. Mcebisi Jonas this afternoon. His bold decision demonstrate his commitment to his oath of office and confirms that at least within the ruling party there are some who puts South Africa and [...]

2016-10-28T20:01:21+02:00March 17th, 2016|2016 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM reacts on Gupta’s offering Deputy Minister Jonas a position of Finance Minister

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 [...]

2016-10-28T20:38:27+02:00January 20th, 2016|2016 Archive, Economy, Home, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM calls for National Pension Fund Forum

2015 Budget Vote 31: Small Business Development – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports the budget. • Welcome the political shift for business rescue from big business into Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME). This will help to remove the strain associated with the SMME sector so that it can be able to deliver on the expectations of the [...]

2016-10-28T21:59:38+02:00May 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on 2015 Budget Vote 31: Small Business Development – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:16+02:00July 21st, 2014|2014 Archive, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on Budget Vote 10: National Treasury

The challenges facing South Africa as we approach the New Millennium

presented by Mr Bantu Holomisa, UDM Co-leader, at the South African Institute of Race Relations, Johannesburg In the letter of invitation which I received from the Institute of Race Relations, it is stated that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is attracting much media attention. The UDM on the other hand feels that scant attention is [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00December 10th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on The challenges facing South Africa as we approach the New Millennium

Jobs summit: acclaim for breakthrough

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The UDM is extremely grateful for the agreement reached at Nedlac on the presidential jobs summit planned for the second quarter of 1998. We have taken note of the two phased approach towards the summit and the follow-up phase envisaged. Although proper planning is essential, it is a [...]

2014-08-21T13:27:19+02:00December 1st, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Economy, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Jobs summit: acclaim for breakthrough