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Parliamentary Debate on deployment of SA National Defence Force to Central African Republic

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate on deployment of SA National Defence Force to Central African Republic 23 April 2013 Mister Speaker, Mister President and Honourable Members, “They had gone to CAR to assist. We never anticipated that we would be attacked. Somebody said when they were interviewing me, is it that maybe we were failed by our intelligence that had not picked up that we were going to be attacked”. This is [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 28 on Economic Development

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 28 on Economic Development (07 May 2013) Mister Speaker, Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 28. According to Statistics South Africa’s latest Labour Force Survey the rate of unemployment in South Africa has increased to 25.2 percent during the first quarter in 2013 from 24.9 percent in the last quarter in 2012. This means that more than 100 000 South [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 38 on Water Affairs

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 38 on Water Affairs (21 May 2013) Chairperson, honourable Minister and Deputy Minister and honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 38. The work of this Department is fairly straight forward. To see whether this Department is performing its function, one has to look no further than the number of communities that have water and those that do not. Significant progress in providing water to [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Use of Waterkloof Air Force Base

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Use of Waterkloof Air Force Base (22 May 2013) Mister Speaker and Honourable Members, One would have expected Government to furnish us a copy of the report in order to enhance this debate. However, we are not surprised by this because here we are dealing with a government that took a dubious decision to investigate itself. This must have been the easiest investigations for Government to conduct [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 12 Public Service and Administration

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 12 Public Service and Administration (22 May 2013) Chairperson, Honourable Minister and Deputy Minister and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 12. We have noted the concerns of the public about the low levels of competence in our civil service and are encouraged by the Minister's attempts to address this problem and thus professionalise the civil service. We have also noted government threats that [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 30 – Environment

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 30 - Environment (28 May 2013) Chairperson, Minister and Deputy Minister and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 30. The high incidents of rhino poaching in South Africa over the past few years have been a cause of much embarrassment. More disappointing, however, is to see that South Africa seems incapable of dealing with this problem. State Security has failed to gather intelligence on [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 6 – Performance Monitoring and Evaluation

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 6 - Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (28 May 2013) Chairperson, Minister and Deputy Minister and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 6. Today, we are debating the Budget Vote of one of Government Departments that has a broad mandate. Used properly, the Department’s mandate could enable it to meaningfully and positively affect the service delivery chain. When this Department was established, its leadership was [...]

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The death of Mpumalanga initiates

Address by Mr Stanley Ntapane, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: The death of Mpumalanga initiates (29 May 2013) Mister Speaker, Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Honourable Members, The UDM expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the 30 initiates who died recently at various initiation schools in Mpumalanga. There are also unconfirmed reports that 6 initiates have died at initiation schools in Limpopo as well and we are saddened by this. The tragic deaths [...]

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Budget Vote 26: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 26: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (29 May 2013) Chairperson, Minister and Deputy Minister and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 26. Since 2009 we have been hoping that we would reach a point where the Minister would successfully turn the Department around and place it on a path to efficiency and effectiveness, but this has thus far proven to be wishful thinking. Instead, the [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 5 – International Relations & Cooperation

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 5 - International Relations & Cooperation (30 May 2013) Mister Speaker, Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 5. We wish to thank the Department for all the good things it has done. I will however leave the enumeration of the Department’s achievements to its praise singers. During our oversight visit to the Department’s Head Offices in Pretoria at the [...]

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Youth at the centres of economic Opportunities

Address by Mr Stanley Ntapane, MP in the Parliamentary Youth Day Debate: Youth at the centres of economic Opportunities (04 June 2013) Mr Speaker and honourable Members, We commemorate Youth Day at a time when youth unemployment in South Africa has reached crisis levels. Facts and statistics on unemployment from Statistics South Africa’s latest Labour Force Survey show that unemployment for people between the ages of 15-34 in South Africa stands at 70.7 per cent. This means [...]

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UDM condemns human waste in protests in the Western Cape

UDM condemns human waste in protests in the Western Cape - Member's Statement in Parliament, by Mr SZ Ntapane, MP (UDM Chief Whip) on 6 June 2013 The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemns the ANC Youth League’s (ANCYL’s) use of human waste in protest for portable loos in the Western Cape. Whatever the concerns, nothing justifies stooping to such a low level. The UDM has for many years warned the public about ruling party’s use of [...]

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Africa Day

Address by Mr Ntopile Kganyago, MP (UDM Deputy-President) in the Parliamentary Debate: Africa Day (6 June 2013) Mister Speaker and Honourable Members, We owe a big debt of gratitude for the freedoms we now enjoy to the leaders and African Heads of States, who met in Addis Ababa in May 1963 to develop a Master Plan to liberate the peoples of Africa from the brutal rule of the colonial regime. This 50th anniversary of the African Union [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 1 – Presidency

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 1 - Presidency (12 June 2013) Mister Speaker, honourable President and Deputy President, and honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 1. We have taken note of Government’s decision to name and shame people who are found guilty of corruption. I would like to join this campaign by sharing with the Nation the negative effect of political directives on government tenders, which create a breeding [...]

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Youth Day

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) at a UDM Youth Day Rally, on Sunday, 16 June 2013 at Blybank Taxi Rank (Carletonville, Gauteng) Members of the UDM NEC; Presidents of the UDM Youth Vanguard and Women’s Organisation UDM Public Representatives Fellow UDM members and supporters and Young South Africans WELCOME Thank you to each person who took the time to celebrate Youth Day with the United Democratic Movement (UDM) today. To the UDM structures in [...]

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National Youth Day Commemorations

Address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, UDM Deputy Secretary General, at the National Youth Day Commemorations, at eMadadeni, Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, 16 June 2013 Programme Director, Mister President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers; All protocol observed, Fellow South Africans: Much has been achieved in the development of young people since the advent of democracy in 1994. However, it should concern us that today we commemorate the 37th anniversary of June 16 1976 against the backdrop of extraordinarily [...]

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