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2015 Budget Vote 17: Social Development – address by Mr LB Gaehler, MP

2016-10-28T21:43:53+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Home, Social development and welfare, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson, Ministers and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote and in this regard, we would like to make the following comments. • The creation of a caring society is based on the willingness to provide the tools for achieving an inclusive society. This implies that life chances are partly detached, or de-commodified from social and economic origins and circumstances. • The core of the inclusive society is to create equal opportunities [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 2: Parliament -address by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP in the NA

2016-10-28T21:20:46+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

  Madam Speaker and Honourable Members, A race to the bottom is currently underway in our Parliament. Today in this House, we engage and deal with our Nation’s challenges, less according to national interests and the need to create a better life for all, but more according to cheap political point scoring and vote maximisation at all costs, and mostly according to the primitive doctrine that might is right. This approach causes us to miss [...]

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Message from the UDM President at the 41st Anniversary of the Inkatha Freedom Party

2016-10-28T21:45:23+00:00 June 1st, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

Address by UDM President, Mr BH Holomisa- MP Master of ceremonies, President of the IFP, Mr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the leadership of the party, members and supporters Indeed, none amongst South Africans, people of the continent and the world over, can deny the immerse contribution that this wonderful party has made in the fight for freedom in our life time. You have made a great contribution to bring the kind of South Africa we all celebrate [...]

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2015 Debate on Budget Vote 1: Presidency address by Bantu Holomisa, MP

2016-10-28T21:08:01+00:00 May 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches|

Hon Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement supports this budget vote. Mr President, during the State of the Nation Address you declared the year 2015 as the “… year of unity in Action to Advance Economic Freedom”. However, what is not clear, is a common and simple programme that binds the entire society behind this vision. For instance, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee’s work is not known by all citizens. We need a clearer [...]

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UDM sympathises with the Marikana Massacre victims and their families

2016-10-28T21:09:46+00:00 May 26th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Marikana Massacre, Media statements: UDM|

The decision to take President Jacob Zuma to court by the family members, injured workers of the Marikana massacre and AMCU is the best action to force Zuma to release the findings of the investigation. As the United Democratic Movement, we are in full support of this decision and we hope he will realise the importance of the findings being made public as it is not just a report for the family and the injured [...]

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eTolls is just money laundering scheme for greedy individuals

2016-10-28T21:11:49+00:00 May 22nd, 2015|2015 Archive, eTolls, Media statements: UDM|

It should be remembered that when Parliament approved guarantees for staging 2010 World Cup, as per Fifa demands. These guarantees were intended among others to improve stadiums, road infrastructure in the host cities. At no stage did parliament or government implied that such an expenditure would be claimed back by the state through schemes such as etolling. What is coming out clearly here is that some comrades became greedy and saw an opportunity to use [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans – address by Mr BH Holomisa MP

2016-10-28T21:49:05+00:00 May 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Defence, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement support budget vote 19 on Defence and Military Veterans. In appreciation of the work of the Defence Force Service Commission, which has been presented to this parliament previously and being privileged to be its member; I would like to appeal to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, to convene a brainstorming session involving the Minister, Commission, Secretary for Defence and the Command element of [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 40: Sport and Recreation – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

2016-10-28T21:38:22+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Speeches, Sport and Recreation|

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports budget vote 40. • Sports and partisan politics have always been uncomfortable with each other in South Africa since the old days of Peter Hein in apartheid times. • A careful balancing act has to be found by either party in order for equilibrium to be struck. Between the two there are gladiators, spectators, administrators and sponsors (either potential or actual) because each party is [...]

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2015 Budget Vote 31: Small Business Development – address by Mr ML Filtane, MP

2016-10-28T21:59:38+00:00 May 21st, 2015|2015 Archive, Economy, Speeches|

Honourable Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports the budget. • Welcome the political shift for business rescue from big business into Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME). This will help to remove the strain associated with the SMME sector so that it can be able to deliver on the expectations of the National Development Plan with regard to the creation of job opportunities. • Whilst we intensify the creation of small business, [...]

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Condolence Motion: Ms Ruth Mompati, former MP – addresss by Ms CN Majeke, MP

2016-10-28T21:52:03+00:00 May 20th, 2015|2015 Archive, Speeches, Tributes|

Honourable Speaker and Members The United Democratic Movement (UDM) extends its heartfelt condolence to the family, the ANC and friends of the late member of the National Assembly Ms Ruth Mompati. A heroin with a good sense of humour and respect of mankind, a towering icon who was exemplary to our nation has fallen. Mme Mompati was blessed with resilience beyond measure. She was obedient to her calling and dared even her oppressors to embrace love. [...]

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Sport and politics cannot go together

2016-10-28T21:17:48+00:00 May 20th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDM, Sport and Recreation|

On behalf of the United Democratic Movement, I wish to congratulate Dr Danny Jordaan for his appointment as Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Metro, Port Elizabeth. He is a well-known figure especially in the soccer fraternity and has achieved a lot in his life including being the President of South African Football Association, serving in FIFA and other Committees in Sport. However, as much as we don’t have anything against him, since this is a [...]

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UDEMWO is calling on parents to keep an eye on children

2016-10-28T21:57:13+00:00 May 14th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried about the growing number of children missing throughout the country. Everyday we hear of these missing children and most of them go missing while playing around their communities. This shows clearly that our children are no longer safe in their own communities. We are calling on parents to keep a closer look on their children and members of the community can play a big role in [...]

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DR RUTH MOMPATI WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF IMBOKODO

2015-05-14T10:07:46+00:00 May 12th, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and saddened by the death of the struggle veteran Dr Ruth Mompati. We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mam’ Ruth. She was a true representation of Imbokodo and as women in South Africa, we are forever grateful. She gave and served the country tirelessly when South Africa was experiencing hardships. [...]

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Letter by Mr LB Gaehler, MP to the Minister of Social Development regarding concerns about abuse of child grants – Hillcrest, Mthatha, Eastern Cape

2016-10-28T22:02:59+00:00 May 8th, 2015|2015 Archive, Open Letters, Social development and welfare|

Dear Minister of Social Development, Ms B Dlamini CONCERNS ABOUT ABUSE OF CHILD GRANTS – HILLCREST, MTHATHA, EASTERN CAPE 1. The above matter has reference. 2. Numerous reports have been given to me verbally about the abuse child grants in Hillcrest suburb in Mthatha Eastern Cape. 3. It is alleged that many of the people who receives child grant are not using them in accordance with the relevant prescripts and as such children are not [...]

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SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: Vote 11 on Public Works

2016-10-26T08:39:09+00:00 May 7th, 2015|Speeches|

ADDRESS BY Mr ML Filtane MP Hon Chairperson, Minister and Members The United Democratic Movement supports the budget. However we want to drive home the following important issues for the department to pay the necessary attention to, during the current financial season. • For the financial year 2014/15, the Minister committed the department to creation of over a million work opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme as a contribution to the overall commitment to [...]

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UDEMWO CALLS FOR REVIEWAL OF THE PAROLE SYSTEM

2015-05-07T16:05:49+00:00 May 7th, 2015|Media statements: UDM|

Statement by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation condemns the gruesome killings of women throughout the country. We are also calling on the Department of Correctional Service to explain how the parole system works. One of the accused in the recent murder case of the young teacher, Jayde Panayiotou in Eastern Cape has been in and out of prison for serious cases which include robbery and possession of illegal firearm [...]

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