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Eastern Cape: Budget vote SOPA 2014

July 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, Speeches|

Speech by Mr Mhlati, leader of the UDM in the Eastern Cape Legislature The Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable Members of the Executive and Honourable Members, the Premier has been a Member of this Legislature for over 12 years as least, which clearly shows that he is well aware of the shortcomings facing the provincial government, he had been pulling the strings of power behind the curtains as chairperson of the ruling party in the [...]

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SONA 2014 – Bantu Holomisa reacts on behalf of UDM

June 18th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the National Assembly during the State of the Nation debate (SONA 2014) Chairperson of the NCOP, Mister President and Deputy President, Honourable Members; I wish to thank all the people, who gave us the mandate to once more contribute in building a better South Africa. We will do our best to serve you. Chairperson of the NCOP, To achieve meaningful socio-economic transformation, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes [...]

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Condolences with the passing away of Mama Epainette Mbeki

June 7th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDM|

We today say a sad farewell to a daughter of the Transkei; Mama Epainette Mbeki. She was unyielding in her support of her husband, Govan Mbeki, during the struggle years. After Oom Gov was sentenced to life imprisonment, she had to make yet another enormous sacrifice when her children were forced into exile. To say that Mama Epainette was a strong woman is an understatement; she was a rock upon which the apartheid regime broke [...]

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Looming labour problems in entire mining industry

May 15th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, SA Mining Industry|

The protracted labour unrest at Marikana is probably a taste of what is soon to hit the entire mining industry. Mining houses in other sectors must prepare for the likelihood that their employees will soon follow suit and go on strikes - or even wild cat strikes - especially if Lonmin and Amcu find resolution on the remuneration of Lonmin’s workforce in the platinum sector. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is of the view that [...]

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Elections 2014 – Thank you to UDM supporters and members for hard work

May 13th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns, Open Letters|

Dear All Thank you for your support and votes in the National and Provincial elections on May 7th. I would also like to extend my appreciation to all the United Democratic Movement (UDM) members and leaders. We have all had the opportunity to meet so many amazing, progressive people throughout this campaign period, I hope that each and every one of you stays in touch and stays involved. I can confirm that the UDM has [...]

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UDM Siyabulela Rally – address by UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa

May 6th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Campaigns, Speeches|

•           UDM Leaders from all across South Africa •           UDM public representatives •           Citizens of the Eastern Cape •           The people of my hometown, Mthatha, and •           My fellow South Africans   1.         WELCOME AND THANK YOU TO ALL UDM ACTIVISTS Before we get into the politics and issues of Elections 2014, I want to welcome you all and quickly say something about teamwork. Many of you might not be familiar with the name Vince [...]

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Parties and their voting agents must be extra vigilant – Elections 2014

May 6th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns|

To: Leaders of Political Parties From: Bantu Holomisa (Chairperson of the Multi-Party Forum and UDM President) Subject: PARTIES AND THEIR VOTING AGENTS MUST BE EXTRA VIGILANT   Dear Colleagues We have already heard reports about transgressions and other misdeeds of some party agents and officials of the Independent Electoral Commission. We must now, more than ever, be vigilant and have our party agents work as a collective to ensure that the election at each voting [...]

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Address by UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa at a Nactu Workers’ Day Celebration in eMalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga

May 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Speeches|

• Programme Director • Nactu Leadership • Nactu Members • My fellow South Africans THANK YOU On behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), I thank you for the opportunity to share the stage with the National Council of Trade Unions on this very important day. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND WORKERS The past few years has seen a new dynamic in our political discourse that harks back to the time before our new democracy. The [...]

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Workers’ Day 2014

May 1st, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

Workers’ Day is a celebration of labour and the working classes. In this regard, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) recognises the right of employers and employees to organise themselves to campaign and lobby the aspirations of their members. Given our history it is clear that labour organisations have a role to play in society and are a strong voice of social conscience. After all, this country must never return to a situation where our people [...]

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UDM Election Rally in Port Elizabeth Address by UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa

April 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns, Speeches|

• UDM Leaders at all levels of Eastern Cape • UDM public representatives • My fellow South Africans WELCOME Ladies and gentlemen, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) says “thank you” for making the time and effort to attend this rally and listen to our message. To our election teams that have worked themselves to a standstill to make a success of this event – thank you for the hard work guys. CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF [...]

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IEC lease agreement scandal – IEC paying for Commission Chairperson’s legal costs

April 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, IEC Lease Agreement Scandal|

Memo to: Mr Terry Tselane, Vice-Chairperson of the Electoral CommissionFrom: Bantu Holomisa (Chairperson of the Multi-Party Forum and UDM President)Copied to: Judge Thami Makhanya, Rev. Bongani Finca, Ms Raenette Taljaard, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, leaders and representatives of other political parties=====================================Dear Mr TselaneThe abovementioned matter has reference.The Electoral Commission is on record that it has accepted the Public Protector’s report 13 of 2013 captioned: “Report on an investigation into allegations of maladministration and corruption in the [...]

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Freedom Day message and address at Elections 2014 Rally in Fochville

April 27th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns, Speeches|

• National Office Bearers of the UDM • UDM Gauteng Provincial, Regional and Branch Leaders • UDM members and supporters • My fellow South Africans THANK YOU AND WELCOME I would not be standing here, if not for the hard work of the election teams of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the province. You should feel proud of your efforts. Enkosi. Today we celebrate the first 20 years of our democracy. The United Democratic [...]

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National and Provincial Elections 2014

April 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns|

   PDF version of the UDM’s 2014 Manifesto (3,54 MB) UDM's Candidates' lists - UDM 10th List  Eastern Cape - Regional List Message from UDM President Bantu HolomisaMy fellow South Africans2014 is an auspicious year, as South Africans mark 20 years of freedom.The Bill of Rights ensures that all the citizens of our beautiful country have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Our dignity has been restored and we enjoy freedom and [...]

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North West address by UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa

April 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns, Speeches|

• National Office Bearers of the UDM • UDM Provincial, Regional and Branch Leaders • UDM members and supporters • My fellow South Africans THANK YOU AND WELCOME We are in the home straight of Elections 2014. To the election teams of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), who have worked tirelessly to make this event a success, thank you for the hard work. You have made us proud. As this will be my last visit [...]

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UDM National and Provincial Elections 2014: 10th List

April 26th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Campaigns|

10th list 1. Bantubonke Harrington Holomisa 2. Nqabayomzi Lawrence Saziso Kwankwa 3. Khumbuzile Anna Prudence Madonsela 4. Kholofelo Nurse Mokgawa 5. Christobel Thandiwe Nontenja 6. Stanley Zoyisile Ntapane 7. Monde Archibald Ralo 8. Zolisa Lavisa 9. Sipho Richard Ngwema 10. Malcolm Julian Taylor 11. Patrick Similo Sitole 12. Nomathamsanqa Caroline Siwisa 13. Pumza Malefane 14. Mahlodi Johannes Rapetsoa 15. Akhona Mfaba 16. Bongani Johnson Msomi 17. Humphrey Sangolibanzi Nobongoza 18. Zelda Lungisa Ngxiki 19. Reuben [...]

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Government not honouring contractual obligations at the expense of small businesses – Dimbaza

April 22nd, 2014|2014 Archive, Open Letters|

TO: His Excellency, Mr JG Zuma, President of the Republic South Africa Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies Chief Executive Officer: Coega Development Corporation, Mr Mninawe Silinga FROM: Bantu Holomisa, MP Government not honouring contractual obligations at the expense of small businesses - Dimbaza See below, correspondence from Mr B Willows, representative of SBM Iron and Steel Manufacturers (Pty) Limited from Dimbaza, near King William's Town in the Eastern Cape. Mr Willows clearly [...]

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