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Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

Address by Mr UDM Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Madame Speaker and Honourable Members, The racial strife the #AfrikaansMustFall campaign has caused and other critical issues raised by the #FeesMustFall Movement should rouse us from our deep Rainbow Nation slumber! It is clear that the majority citizens clench pent up frustrations about an economic system that marginalises them and their languages more than two decades since we attained freedom. Kenyan Author, [...]

2016-10-28T20:12:20+00:00 March 9th, 2016|2016 Archive, Higher and Basic Education, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Racial Tension and conflict at South African Universities

Isilimela Road in Port St Johns and the Mthatha High Court

Statement by Mr Mncedisi Filtane (MP) in the National Assembly Responding to the much published potential loss of the public monies, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) member of the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Mr. Mncedisi Filtane, fielded this question to the Department: “What is that the department if doing about a much publicised potential loss surrounding the stalled road construction of the Isilimela Road in Port St Johns and whose contract value [...]

2016-10-28T20:13:23+00:00 March 8th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDM, Speeches, Transport|Comments Off on Isilimela Road in Port St Johns and the Mthatha High Court

Motion of No Confidence in the President

Address by Mr BH Holomisa MP in Parliament   Hon Speaker and Hon Members The South African electoral system does not enable the electorate to directly elect a President of the country. Contrary, South Africans vote for a political party which in turn appoints a President. It is therefore a duty of the ruling party to ensure that its candidate serves the nation with distinction and in accordance with the oath of office as prescribed in [...]

2016-10-28T20:13:53+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Speeches, Zumagate|Comments Off on Motion of No Confidence in the President

The impact of SA’s drought on the agricultural economy

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament Honourable Speaker and members Although agricultural sector’s relative contribution to the gross domestic product of the country is small and still declining, it nevertheless plays an important role in the creation of wealth and safety nets in South Africa, specifically in the rural areas. Drought has severely affected the country’s agricultural productivity capacity and thus affecting negatively our Gross Domestic Product. It affects both crop and livestock [...]

2016-10-28T20:03:33+00:00 February 29th, 2016|2016 Archive, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on The impact of SA’s drought on the agricultural economy

Consideration of report of PC on Public Works on Expropriation Bill – Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament

Honourable Speaker and members Chapter 2, section 9 and subsection 3 of the Constitution provides, “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race…”. Most relevant to the debate this afternoon is section 25 of the constitution. Subsection 7 provides, “A person or community dispossessed of property after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices is entitled, to the extent [...]

2016-10-28T20:05:14+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Home, Public Works, Speeches|Comments Off on Consideration of report of PC on Public Works on Expropriation Bill – Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in Parliament

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 [...]

2016-10-28T20:22:07+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-28T20:19:09+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-28T21:24:08+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-28T20:24:06+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-28T20:41:25+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:01+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:01+00:00 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 [...]

2015-12-24T16:13:55+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:01+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:01+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:04+00:00 September 10th, 2015|2015 Archive, Corruption and clean governance, Home, Speeches|Comments Off on Ongoing scourge of corruption in SA