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Inspection of appalling conditions where workers of Anglo Gold Mine at Vaal Reefs are kept

2016-10-26T08:39:23+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to three Ministers from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President), regarding: in loco inspection of appalling conditions where workers of Anglo Gold Mine at Vaal Reefs are kept (14 June 2013) To: Minister of Energy and Minerals Ms Elizabeth Dipuo Peters Private Bag X96, Pretoria, 0001 To: Minister of Mineral Resources Ms Susan Shabangu Private Bag X59, Arcadia, 0007 To: Minister of Labour Ms Mildred Nelisiwe Oliphant Private Bag X117, Pretoria, 0001 Dear [...]

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Outstanding land claim payments for Gqogqorha Administrative Area

2016-10-26T08:39:27+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to President Zuma from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President), regarding: outstanding land claim payments for Gqogqorha Administrative Area  On the 04th of February 2011 you, Sir, and senior officials from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform visited Gqogqorha administrative area to resolve the land claims in the area. According to Gqogqorha residents, during this visit cheques ranging from R 31 000 to R 39 000 were written out and given to [...]

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Social conditions at South African mines; miners’ monies invested, but they see no dividends

2013-10-18T07:05:36+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to the Farlam Commission regarding: "Social conditions at South African mines; miners’ monies invested, but they see no dividends" from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (30 April 2013) Dear Sir The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that the findings and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the tragic incident at the Marikana Mine would not be complete if the Commission does not look at the social conditions of the miners and [...]

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Defence regarding SA presence in the CAR

2016-10-26T08:39:27+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to Chairperson of Standing Committee on Defence regarding SA presence in the CAR from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (3 April 2013) The aforementioned matter has reference. The history of what occurred since that fateful weekend in Bangui, in the Central African Republic (CAR), where 13 South African servicemen lost their lives and another 27 were injured, is well documented. We however keep hearing conflicting reports of South Africa exiting this area [...]

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Investigation needed: the protection of South African national assets

2016-10-26T08:39:27+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to Secretary General of the United Nations regarding international investigation needed: South Africa’s relationship with the Central African Republic and the protection of South African national assets from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (28 March 2013) Dear Sir The abovementioned matter has reference. I write on behalf of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), an opposition party in the parliament of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) (www.udm.org.za). The current situation with South [...]

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Condolences to the Sigcau Family and the Pondo Nation with the passing of King Thandizulu Sigcau

2013-10-18T06:49:43+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Letter of condolences to the Sigcau Family and the Pondo Nation with the passing of King Thandizulu Sigcau from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (27 March 2013) It is with sadness that we have learnt of the passing of His Majesty, King Thandizulu Sigcau. But given his struggle with his health in the past few years, he will at least now be free of pain and discomfort. I had the privilege of working with [...]

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Which South African ‘assets’ needs protection in the Central African Republic

2016-10-26T08:39:27+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to Chairpersons of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on Defence and Military Veterans of Intelligence of International Relations and Cooperation about "Which South African ‘assets’ needs protection in the Central African Republic" from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (26 March 2013) Given the seriousness of the tragic death of our soldiers in the Central African Republic, (CAR) and that this is a matter of public interest, I would suggest that the Parliamentary Portfolio [...]

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The questionable conduct of the intelligence services: IEC lease agreements

2016-10-26T08:39:27+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Intelligence about the questionable conduct of the intelligence services: IEC lease agreements from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (8 March 2013) The above mentioned matter has reference. On the 3rd of October 2011, I wrote a letter to the office of the Public Protector requesting it to investigate suspected irregularities in the lease agreements of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Afterwards I had a few meetings with [...]

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Follow-up letter on suspected irregularities: IEC lease agreements

2016-10-26T08:39:27+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to the Public Protector, Adv T Madonsela, from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President), regarding: Follow-up letter on suspected irregularities: IEC lease agreements (21 February 2012) Dear Advocate Madonsela The abovementioned matter has reference. On the 3rd of October 2011, I wrote a letter requesting the office of the Public Protector to investigate suspected irregularities in the lease agreements of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). I again wrote on 14 March 2012, almost [...]

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Lonmin Mine’s September 2012 salary increase agreement

2013-10-18T06:22:52+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to Mr Simon Scott, CEO of Lonmin Mine about Lonmin Mine's September 2012 salary increase agreement from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (4 February 2013) The abovementioned matter has reference. In September last year the Management of Lonmin’s Marikana mine reportedly promises a pay rise offer of 22% to its mineworkers, ending six weeks of violent labour unrest that had devastating effects on the South African economy. However, nearly four months since [...]

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Calling on the SACC to intervene in the looming mining sector crisis

2013-10-18T06:19:38+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Open Letters|

Open letter to Reverend Mautjie Pataki Secretary of the South African Council of churches (SACC) calling on the SACC to intervene in the looming mining sector crisis from Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (17 January 2013) I write this letter to ask for the South African Council of Churches’s (SACC’s) intervention in Anglo American’s plan to restructure its platinum mines, which will result in the retrenchment of thousands of mineworkers. I have over the [...]

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Dirco DG Matjila on special leave; multi-faceted forensic audit required

2013-10-17T07:22:16+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Dirco DG Matjila on special leave; multi-faceted forensic audit required statement Mr Bantu Holomisa (UDM President) (20 September 2013) We welcome the news that the Director General (DG) of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Mr Jerry Matjila, has been placed on special leave following the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) exposure of alleged irregular expenditure to the tune of half a billion rand of the African Renaissance and International Co-Operation Fund (ARF). Apparently [...]

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UDM calls for McCord rescue

2013-10-17T07:31:51+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|

UDM calls for McCord rescue - statement by Mr Bongani Msomi (UDM Secretary General) on 19 September 2013 The news that a prominent hospital in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will be closing its doors soon is very saddening news. The McCord Hospital has an excellent track of sterling service, and has a pivot role to play in the fight against the HIV/AID epidemic and related diseases, due to its strategic location. KZN can ill afford to lose such a [...]

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Minister Nzimande’s failure to address problems at the Walter Sisulu University

2013-10-17T08:22:52+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Member's Statement by Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, MP and UDM Deputy Secretary General, in the National Assembly regarding Minister Nzimande’s failure to address problems at the Walter Sisulu University is jeopardising futures of Eastern Cape youth The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is very concerned about the manner in which Government and the Minister of Higher Education are handling the crises at Walter Sisulu University (WSU). If not for the intervention of civil society, under the leadership [...]

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Time is now for Tripartite Alliance to be disbanded

2016-10-26T08:39:27+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Time is now for Tripartite Alliance to be disbanded - statement by Mr Bongani Msomi (UDM Secretary General) on 18 September 2013 The UDM cannot but state the obvious, which is that the foundation of the Tripartite alliance is visibly shaking, and partners are feeling uncomfortable with this marriage of convenience. The common enemy, Apartheid, has been defeated, leading to a situation where the alliance is no longer relevant. The ANC’s appointment of their deputy president, Cyril [...]

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