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FREEDOM DAY DEBATE

ADDRESS BY Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and members The struggle for total freedom is a Nation’s struggle, fought from all corners of society. People; individually, collectively and through organised voluntary associations and other organs, fought for a free South Africa either by default or by design. The circumstances under which we celebrate the 21st Anniversary of our democracy, necessitate that we draw lessons from some of the fundamental ingredients [...]

May 6th, 2015|Speeches|Comments Off on FREEDOM DAY DEBATE

SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: State Security Vote 7

Address by Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members The security of a nation demands well-informed citizens backed up by highly trained security forces as well as enforcement of efficient and effective professionalism across the board. This is one area where the government cannot afford to fail and it should not be left to chance especially when appointing personnel in key state departments. The internal tension between and within [...]

May 6th, 2015|Speeches|Comments Off on SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: State Security Vote 7

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC ON THE VIOLENCE IN KWAZULU-NATAL

Address Mr BH Holomisa MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and members A country with high levels of poverty, high unemployment rate, high levels of inequality, blended with leadership whose attention is on filling their pockets through corrupt activities, breeds all social evils including criminality. Compounding the situation is that the African Agenda we were once known to be its champions, has taken a back seat. We must agree that, indeed the violence we [...]

April 24th, 2015|Speeches|Comments Off on STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC ON THE VIOLENCE IN KWAZULU-NATAL

Debate: Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill (DBSA)

Speaker and Honourable Members, The UDM supports the Bill. We support the extension of the mandate of the Development Bank of Southern Africa to provide infrastructure development finance to key infrastructure sectors, such as water and sanitation, energy, transport, education, health and ICT beyond the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), that is, to the rest of the African continent. This step will in our view go a long way towards enhancing trade, economic growth and [...]

November 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Debate: Development Bank of Southern Africa Amendment Bill (DBSA)

Motion of no confidence in the Speaker of the National Assembly: Baleka Mbete

by Bantu Holomisa in the National Assembly Honourable Deputy-Chairperson Honourable Deputy President Honourable Ministers and Deputy-Ministers Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) endorses the motion of no confidence in the current Speaker, Baleka Mbete, on grounds already presented in this house. Before she was elected into office, the Speaker is on record distorting and attacking outcomes of the Public Protector’s investigations on Nkandla. This distortion and attack has since been sustained by the organisation [...]

September 18th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Motion of no confidence in the Speaker of the National Assembly: Baleka Mbete

High incidence of violence and abuse against women and children

Address by Ms CN Majeke MP in the National Assembly regarding the high incidence of violence and abuse against women and children Hon Speaker, and Honourable Members Twenty years into our democracy, our women and children continue to be victims of gender and child abuse. We still need a radical social paradigm shift about gender – equality that should usher in a new generation of women and men working together to create a human world [...]

September 11th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on High incidence of violence and abuse against women and children

Statement by the Minister of Finance on retirement fund rumours

Address by Mr NL Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly Hon Speaker and honourable Members Savings and Investment are critical tools for a sustainable economic development and improvement of conditions of life of all nations. The reported shift from the panic “I can’t afford the cost of living” to action; cutting back on spending and paying down or avoiding debts and invest more, is a positive development, however, it is enabling few from urban and [...]

September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Statement by the Minister of Finance on retirement fund rumours

Speech in the national assembly on the subject of rhino poaching and its impact on our heritage

Address by Mr BH Holomisa, MP Honourable Speaker Honourable Members The poaching of rhino in South Africa is currently taking its toll on one of the most lucrative sectors, namely heritage tourism. The destruction of our heritage and unsustainable resource consumption results to lose of employment opportunities. In terms of statistical evidence, periodically released by various local and global institutions, indications are that we are losing the battle against rhino poaching. These statistics confirms that [...]

September 2nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Speech in the national assembly on the subject of rhino poaching and its impact on our heritage

Eastern Cape: Education budget vote – Speech by the Honourable Mpulu in the Eastern Cape Legislature

•        Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker •        Honourable Premier and the Executive •        Honourable members of the legislature •        Officials present here •        Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen Honourable Speaker I wish to indicate that I have observed a defeatist image in the Department of Education, but when you come close you can see that there are greater strides achieved both politically and administratively. We were at time of celebrating stability and progress in this department [...]

August 29th, 2014|1999 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape: Education budget vote – Speech by the Honourable Mpulu in the Eastern Cape Legislature

UDM on Provision of water and sanitation to our people and elimination of the bucket system

Address by Mr LB Gaehler MP in the National Council of Provinces in the debate on Local Government: “Moving with utmost speed to provide water and sanitation to our people and eliminate the bucket system” Honourable Chairperson Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) supports attempts by government to increase the speed at which the restoration of people’s dignity by amongst others providing quality, clean water to the people and quality sanitation and eradication of [...]

August 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Rural Development and Land Reform, Speeches|Comments Off on UDM on Provision of water and sanitation to our people and elimination of the bucket system

National Women’s Day debate in National Assembly

Address by Ms CN Majeke, MP, in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker, Mr President Mr Deputy President Ministers and Deputy Ministers Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) joins the millions of citizens of this country and the world to pay tribute to the women of South Africa for the central role they continue to play in liberating this country. These heroines acted as a conscious and formidable force of the liberation struggle, some even [...]

August 20th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on National Women’s Day debate in National Assembly

Solidarity with the Cuban Five and demanding for the release and freedom of the remaining four of the Cuban Five

Address by Mr ML Filtane, MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement believes in productive engagement with all people of the world to improve the prospects for peace, cultural enrichment and economic well being of the people both here at home and anywhere in the globe. Further, we strongly believe in the vital importance of the United Nations and its constituent bodies in the creation of a new world [...]

August 19th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|Comments Off on Solidarity with the Cuban Five and demanding for the release and freedom of the remaining four of the Cuban Five

Member’s statement: Taxi industry

 Mr ML Filtane, MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker Honourable Members, Noting that in the year 2000, there were approximately 126 000 taxi vehicles operating in South Africa that were ten years old and not fit for public transport. Since the inception of the taxi recapitalisation programme in October 2006, a total of 59 029 old taxi vehicles had been scrapped with 7 060 of these from the Eastern Cape. We further note that, [...]

August 19th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Member’s statement: Taxi industry

Condolences upon the passing away of Dr Mario Gaspare Oriani-Ambrosini

delivered on behalf of the UDM by Ms Majeke, MP in the National Assembly Honourable Speaker Honourable Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) expresses its sadness with the passing away of Dr Oriani-Ambrosini. We would like to pass our deepest condolences to his family, the leader of IFP, Prince Bhuthelezi, MP, his friends and comrades. Leaders are born, live and die. Dr Oriani-Ambrosini was one of those extraordinary leaders that had passion, gave constructive criticism [...]

August 19th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Condolences upon the passing away of Dr Mario Gaspare Oriani-Ambrosini

Nelson Mandela Day – address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly

Madam Speaker, Deputy President and Honourable Members President Nelson Mandela’s election and inauguration in 1994 marked the end of many years oppression and caused South Africans of all races to fill the streets, all celebrating our victory in the fight for the self-evident right to determine our own destiny. Some shouted from their rooftops lines from SEK Mqhayi’s poem, Ukutshona kukaMendi, the SS Mendi steamship, which sank in 1917 killing all the troops on board. [...]

July 29th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Nelson Mandela Day – address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the National Assembly

Eastern Cape: Budget vote Provincial Treasury

Speech by Mr Mhlati, leader of the UDM in the Eastern Cape Legislature Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier and Executive, Honourable Members and government officials I would like to express a word of appreciation to the former MEC for Finance and Treasury for the wonderful work he did during his tenure to uplift the standard of performance by Treasury as stipulated in Section 18 of the Public Finance Management Act. Treasury has succeeded in assisting the [...]

July 24th, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|Comments Off on Eastern Cape: Budget vote Provincial Treasury