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Reply to the State of the Nation Address

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) to Parliament in reply to the State of the Nation Address on 19 February 2013 Mister Speaker, Mister President and Deputy President and Honourable Members Mister President, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations on your re-election as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the party’s 2012 Mangaung Conference. It was gratifying to see that, contrary to popular belief and media speculation; the Conference was [...]

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Human Rights Day

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP at the celebration of Human Rights Day at Marikana, North West on 21 March 2013 Programme Director, Deputy President, Secretary General, UDM National Executive Committee Members, UDM Public Representatives and members of the Party, People of the Bojanala Region Fellow South Africans Thank you to all of you who have come today to make this celebration possible. The structures of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the North West [...]

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Parliamentary Debate on deployment of SA National Defence Force to Central African Republic

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate on deployment of SA National Defence Force to Central African Republic 23 April 2013 Mister Speaker, Mister President and Honourable Members, “They had gone to CAR to assist. We never anticipated that we would be attacked. Somebody said when they were interviewing me, is it that maybe we were failed by our intelligence that had not picked up that we were going to be attacked”. This is [...]

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Freedom Day

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP on Freedom Day in the Vhembe Distrtict in Limpopo on 27 April 2013 Programme Director, Deputy President of the UDM Secretary General of the UDM, UDM National Executive Committee Members, UDM Limpopo Provincial Leadership, UDM Public Representatives and members of the Party, People of Vhembe Region, Fellow South Africans; Thank you to all of you, who have come today, to make this celebration possible. The structures of the United Democratic Movement [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 28 on Economic Development

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 28 on Economic Development (07 May 2013) Mister Speaker, Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 28. According to Statistics South Africa’s latest Labour Force Survey the rate of unemployment in South Africa has increased to 25.2 percent during the first quarter in 2013 from 24.9 percent in the last quarter in 2012. This means that more than 100 000 South [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 38 on Water Affairs

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 38 on Water Affairs (21 May 2013) Chairperson, honourable Minister and Deputy Minister and honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 38. The work of this Department is fairly straight forward. To see whether this Department is performing its function, one has to look no further than the number of communities that have water and those that do not. Significant progress in providing water to [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Use of Waterkloof Air Force Base

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Use of Waterkloof Air Force Base (22 May 2013) Mister Speaker and Honourable Members, One would have expected Government to furnish us a copy of the report in order to enhance this debate. However, we are not surprised by this because here we are dealing with a government that took a dubious decision to investigate itself. This must have been the easiest investigations for Government to conduct [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 12 Public Service and Administration

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 12 Public Service and Administration (22 May 2013) Chairperson, Honourable Minister and Deputy Minister and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 12. We have noted the concerns of the public about the low levels of competence in our civil service and are encouraged by the Minister's attempts to address this problem and thus professionalise the civil service. We have also noted government threats that [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 22 – Defence

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Speeches|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 22 - Defence (23 May 2013) Mister Speaker, honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 22. President Zuma’s decision to reshuffle the cabinet a few months ago slowed down the progress the Department had made since 2009. The inordinate amount of time the Department is taking to finalise the Defence Review and the appointment of permanent Defence Force Service [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 30 – Environment

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 30 - Environment (28 May 2013) Chairperson, Minister and Deputy Minister and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 30. The high incidents of rhino poaching in South Africa over the past few years have been a cause of much embarrassment. More disappointing, however, is to see that South Africa seems incapable of dealing with this problem. State Security has failed to gather intelligence on [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 6 – Performance Monitoring and Evaluation

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 6 - Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (28 May 2013) Chairperson, Minister and Deputy Minister and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 6. Today, we are debating the Budget Vote of one of Government Departments that has a broad mandate. Used properly, the Department’s mandate could enable it to meaningfully and positively affect the service delivery chain. When this Department was established, its leadership was [...]

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The death of Mpumalanga initiates

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Stanley Ntapane, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: The death of Mpumalanga initiates (29 May 2013) Mister Speaker, Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Honourable Members, The UDM expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the 30 initiates who died recently at various initiation schools in Mpumalanga. There are also unconfirmed reports that 6 initiates have died at initiation schools in Limpopo as well and we are saddened by this. The tragic deaths [...]

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Budget Vote 26: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Lennox Gaehler, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 26: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (29 May 2013) Chairperson, Minister and Deputy Minister and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 26. Since 2009 we have been hoping that we would reach a point where the Minister would successfully turn the Department around and place it on a path to efficiency and effectiveness, but this has thus far proven to be wishful thinking. Instead, the [...]

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Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 5 – International Relations & Cooperation

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 5 - International Relations & Cooperation (30 May 2013) Mister Speaker, Ministers and Deputy Ministers and Honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 5. We wish to thank the Department for all the good things it has done. I will however leave the enumeration of the Department’s achievements to its praise singers. During our oversight visit to the Department’s Head Offices in Pretoria at the [...]

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Budget Vote 33: Rural Development and Land Reform

October 8th, 2013|2013 Archive, Speeches|

Address by Mr Stanley Ntapane, MP in the Parliamentary Debate: Budget Vote 33: Rural Development and Land Reform (31 May 2013) Mr Speaker and honourable Members, The UDM supports Budget Vote 33. President Zuma announced in the 2013 State of the Nation Address (SONA) that government would reopen the lodgement of claims in order to accommodate those who missed the December 31, 1998 deadline and to accommodate the Koi and San people who were dispossessed of their [...]

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Youth at the centres of economic Opportunities

October 8th, 2013|Issues|

Address by Mr Stanley Ntapane, MP in the Parliamentary Youth Day Debate: Youth at the centres of economic Opportunities (04 June 2013) Mr Speaker and honourable Members, We commemorate Youth Day at a time when youth unemployment in South Africa has reached crisis levels. Facts and statistics on unemployment from Statistics South Africa’s latest Labour Force Survey show that unemployment for people between the ages of 15-34 in South Africa stands at 70.7 per cent. This means [...]

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