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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

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

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

Address by Bantu Holomisa, MP delivered at UDM 5th National Congress In Bloemfontein

Honoured guests, members, viewers at home, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to stand in front of you today, on behalf of the National Leadership, to report to back to you on our performance over the past five years. Chairperson, You will recall that the UDM was established at a time when the climate was not conducive to the formation of opposition parties in South Africa. As a result, we lost many comrades, such as [...]

December 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, 2016 Election Campaign, Home, Speeches|4 Comments

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

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

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 and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|1 Comment

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

Ongoing scourge of corruption in SA

address Mr ML Filtane MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker and members Corruption, poverty eradication, job opportunity creation and closing the gap between the poor and the rich, are permanent enemies who cannot share the same bed. It undermines the people and it renders their freedom unstable and insecure, making it impossible to achievement the kind of society envisaged in the Constitution of the Republic. A quick account on the effects of corruption over the [...]

September 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Ongoing scourge of corruption in SA

Unemployed graduates

address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and members According to the 2014 Statistic South Africa Quarterly Labour Force Survey 4, the unemployment rate amongst men with tertiary qualification ranged from 1.9% to 11% whilst amongst women with the same qualification ranged from 2.5% to 16.1%. Looking at Thembinkosi Phakathi, a 22 year old Public Relations graduate from the Durban University of Technology, standing at the corner of Rivonia Road and [...]

September 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Unemployed graduates

Fight against the murder of police officers

Addres by Mr LB Gaehler EC NCOP MP in the National Council of Province Honourable Chairperson and Honourable Members In the light of the continuing increase on the number of police officers murdered, this year alone, the country needs to consider a number of interventions to respond to this matter of national concern. Amongst others, there is a need to insist that anyone becoming National Police Commissioner must have a certain amount of police operational experience. [...]

September 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Fight against the murder of police officers

“Does South Africa Need Electoral Reform?” – Daily Dispatch Dialogue

Daily Dispatch Dialogue on – 18 August 2015, Guild Theater, East London at 18h40. TOPIC: “Does South Africa Need Electoral Reform.” By Mr Bantu Holomisa, President of the United Democratic Movement and Member of Parliament. Programme Director, Fellow Panellists and Participants, good evening. Let me from the onset, acknowledge and welcome the great and timely contribution by Mama Bam on one of the most important matter of national interest. Indeed Electoral Systems do play a [...]

August 18th, 2015|2015 Archive, Democracy and electoral reform, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on “Does South Africa Need Electoral Reform?” – Daily Dispatch Dialogue

National Women’s Day

ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke MP in the National Assembly SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Women United in moving South Africa forward Honourable Speaker and Members Despite progress reported in the Report on the Status of Women in South Africa; most rural women and girls are still facing more obstacles in gaining access to public service, social protection, decent employment opportunities, and markets and other institutions. The voice of rural women must be [...]

August 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues|Comments Off on National Women’s Day

Advancing the developmental agenda of municipalities for a better life for our people

Address by Mr LB Gaehler in the NCOP Hon Chairperson and Honourable Members The ruling party is failing the development agenda of municipalities at the expense of the poor rural masses of our people. The visit to the OR Tambo District has exposed this as a fact. People of Port St Johns and Nyandeni had to take to the streets, in demand for the upgrading and maintenance of the roads which are in a devastating [...]

August 6th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Advancing the developmental agenda of municipalities for a better life for our people