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Holomisa contributes to The Daily Dispatch – Great Election Debate

April 16th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns, Speeches|

• Moderator/Programme Director • The leaders of other political parties • Members of the audience • My fellow South Africans INTRODUCTION Thank you to the Daily Dispatch for giving the United Democratic Movement (UDM) the opportunity to discuss our points of view regarding our plans to transform South Africa into a Winning Nation. CORRUPTION FROM TOP TO BOTTOM Although some progress has been made over the past five years, corruption sticks out like a sore [...]

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Department of Labour Compensation Fund: corruption and wasteful expenditure

April 15th, 2014|Archives, Open Letters|

OPEN LETTER To:                 The Public Protector – Ms Thuli Madonsela Copy:           The President of the Republic – Mr Jacob Zuma                          The Auditor General – Mr Thembekile Makwethu From:          The UDM President – Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP subject:         Department of Labour Compensation Fund: corruption and wasteful expenditure Dear Ms Madonsela [...]

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Address: by Bantu Holomisa at a UDM Elections Rally Community Hall, Seeisoville, Kroonstad

April 13th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns, Speeches|

• Mr Mbhazima Shilowa • Leaders of the UDM in the Free State • My fellow South Africans WELCOME This is the third rally, which the United Democratic Movement (UDM) organised this weekend. We yesterday moved from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape and today we are here in the Free State. The previous weekend we hosted rallies in Limpopo, the North West and in Mpumalanga. The reason I mention this, is to prove [...]

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Holomisa speaks at UDM Rally at Gompo Community Hall, Duncan Village, East London

April 12th, 2014|2014 Archive, 2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Campaigns, Speeches|

• Leaders of the UDM in the Eastern Cape • UDM public representatives • My fellow South Africans WELCOME The 2014 elections campaign of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is gaining momentum. Just this morning I addressed a full-hall in Khayelitsha. Tomorrow Mhbazima Shilowa and I will be in Kroonstad in the Free State. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for making the time to listen to what the UDM would do [...]

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Address: by the UDM President, Mr Bantu Holomisa at a UDM Elections Rally in OR Tambo Sports Centre, Khayelitsha

April 12th, 2014|2014 Election Campaign, Archives, Speeches|

• Leaders of the UDM in the Western Cape • UDM Public representatives • My fellow South Africans WELCOME Welcome to this rally of the United Democratic Movement (UDM). Thank you for spending your time with us; thank you for coming to listen to what the UDM believes is needed so that we can transform South Africa into a Winning Nation. We hope that you leave this rally, equipped with the necessary knowledge to make [...]

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Human rights: women and children in mining communities in need of urgent help

April 10th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Issues|

His Excellency, Mr JG Zuma, President of the Republic South Africa The Minister of Social Development Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission Chairperson of the National Council of Churches This  matter has reference. I recently visited many of the surrounding mining townships and villages in the North West and Limpopo – amongst others, Marikana, Impala No 9, Ntabeni and Smasha Block. The women and children of these communities are worse affected and are [...]

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Holomisa pays tribute to a friend and comrade on the 21st anniversary of Chris Hani’s assassination

April 9th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) pays tribute to a friend and comrade, the late Chris Hani, on the 21st anniversary of his assassination. The unwarranted murder of Chris Hani robbed South Africa one of its most charismatic and principled sons thus drastically changing the course this country would have taken. Hani's unshakable belief in the eradication of poverty, prosperous and corruption free South Africa, amongst many other noble ideas, would have undoubtedly steered this country firmly [...]

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Water Affairs and Forestry Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|Policy Positions|

1. Introduction In terms of Water Affairs and Forestry, Government must play a significant resource management role. This places Water Affairs and Forestry squarely within the ambit of the Presidential Council on Planned Sustainable Development that is proposed in UDM Economic and Public Works policies. As a resource, water specifically must play a key role in Planned Sustainable Development programmes aimed at creating safe and productive communities. Despite current programmes to bring water to the [...]

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Minerals and Energy Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|Policy Positions|

1. Introduction Recognising that the past distribution of mining and minerals resources was inequitable, the UDM acknowledges the constitutional obligation to ensure equitable distribution. The UDM furthermore recognises the pivotal role that minerals and energy can play to address poverty. Therefore the UDM will, in consultation with all stakeholders, negotiate for a more equitable distribution of minerals and energy resources. This process will not be abused in the ANC fashion of transformation, which merely seeks [...]

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Home Affairs Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|Policy Positions|

1. Introduction 1.1. Current duties of the Department of Home Affairs The Department of Home Affairs has regulatory, compliance and service delivery functions. It has a vast client and user base. The total South African population and all foreigners who visit South Africa are clients of the Department. Government Departments and institutions that require essential information about the population and migration are all users of the Department of Home Affairs. The policies and services of [...]

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Public Service and Administration Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|Policy Positions|

1. Introduction A priority function of any government should be to not only maintain, but also to constantly improve, the quality of life of all South Africans. A UDM government will ensure that its Public Service and Administration department focuses on providing quality service delivery to South Africans across all Government departments. This document identifies the priority areas that the Department of Public Service and Administration under a UDM Government will focus on to ensure [...]

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Transport Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|Policy Positions|

1. Introduction A UDM Government will strive for excellence in making sure that all modes of transport are the safest way of travel, including safe and efficient infrastructure. Roads in particular will be maintained in good condition at all times including signage as it is our belief that if every road user would comply with properly constructed roads and road signage there would be a dramatic decrease in accidents. All modes of transport will be [...]

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Agriculture Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|Policy Positions|

1. Introduction Agriculture continues to play an important role in South Africa. It provides employment and business opportunities to more than a million people. In addition, Agriculture represents a significant proportion of South African exports, and thus makes a valuable contribution towards generating foreign revenue for the Country. The UDM is of the view that the role of Agriculture can be expanded even further. We believe that Agriculture can form part of a larger plan [...]

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Social Development Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|Policy Positions|

1. Introduction The Economic Policy of the ANC has produced jobless growth. This has led to thousands of retrenchments, especially among the unskilled. These people were often the sole breadwinners in their households. ANC policy has thus increased the bulk of people who depend on government welfare assistance to survive. The Social Development system was not designed to accommodate this huge increase in people who require assistance, because it only provides limited coverage to the [...]

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Provincial and local government Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|Policy Positions|

1. Introduction The UDM proposes the rapid expansion of the role of Local Government, as the sphere of government that is closest to the people. The equitable share of revenue that is allocated to Local Government must be increased to ensure that development and delivery at community level becomes a reality. The role of Provincial Government should be focussed upon coordinating development, building capacity and skills within Local Government, and assisting Local Governments in crisis [...]

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Education Policy Proposals

April 9th, 2014|Policy Positions|

1. Introduction This policy seeks to bridge the gap created by past imbalances in Education, in line with the Constitution that recognises the right of every child and citizen to be educated. In this regard the UDM supports free public education from primary school until Grade 12, as well as more Government assistance for students studying in select tertiary and professional subjects, such as Engineering, that will contribute to the overall economic and social development [...]

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