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Opposisie politiek: onwelkom of verkeerd aangebied?

January 26th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Political Realignment|

verklaring deur  Media en Bemarkings Direkteur   Tim du Plessis raak in sy artikel "Opposisie is uit" reeds in die eerste paragraaf ook aan die ooglopende antwoord. Die UDM glo dat net so min as wat die "redding en heil" vir Suid Afrika in die "klasieke liberale demokrasie" lê, net so min is die rol van opposisiepartye en opposisie - politiek in die klassieke liberale rol van opposisiepartye gesetel. Die vraag is nie watter groeperinge in [...]

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PW Botha: racial polarisation

January 21st, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Media and Marketing Director The UDM is disturbed by the irresponsible manner in which political parties are dealing with the court appearance of Mr PW Botha on Friday. The ANC’s planned protest action outside the courtroom and the call by rightwing political parties and groupings for supporters of Mr Botha to mobilise can only be described as polarising. We have also witnessed during the past week that the NP together with the Freedom [...]

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Political agenda for 1998

January 18th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Media and Marketing Director During 1997 the UDM made a start in restructuring South African politics away from the racial mould it has been stuck in. In 1998, the UDM aims to intensify its reaching out to all South Africans. The UDM believes that the end of the road for exclusive white or black politics in South Africa has been reached. South Africans are tired of being pigeonholed into racial categories. As a [...]

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A new school year; where a good matric starts

January 13th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by statement by Director Media and Marketing The new school year has started. On the positive side, it is a time of optimism and of hope, with new challenges waiting to be realised.  The grade ones start a new school career and a new curriculum whilst the matric class of 1998 has 300 days ahead to prepare for their entrance into the adult world of employment and responsibilities; millions of parents are prepared to [...]

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Appointment of Chief Executive Officer for the UDM

January 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Director Media and Marketing Acting on the mandate of the Interim Management Committee the leadership of the UDM appointed Mr. Danie du Plessis, former managing director of the Institute for Political Leadership, as the Chief Executive Officer of the United Democratic Movement. Mr. du Plessis will commence office on January 12 1998. The UDM believes that in order to operate effectively, professional managers should run its administration and management. In cultivating this believe [...]

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The pension crisis in the Eastern Cape

January 8th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives|

statement by Bantu Holomisa The crisis in the Eastern Cape regarding the payment of thousands of pensioners is symptomatic of the collapse of government systems across the country. The real problem is that the government has, quite rightly, identified transformation of the civil service as a chief priority, but has never adequately planned for this transformation. It was seen not as a process, but as a programme of replacement. A system of packages, sometimes enforced, [...]

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Matric Results 1997

January 6th, 1998|1998 Archive, Archives, Basic Education, Issues|

With the matric results of 1997 now available, including indications that the Gauteng results are also 5% down from last year, a gloomy picture of our school system emerges. The simple truth is that without an adequate educational system, all our other national efforts to curb joblessness, poverty and crime, and become a nation of hope and a world player in the new millennium, will come to nothing. Adequate education now, more than ever, needs [...]

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South African political landscape

December 15th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Political Realignment|

Joint media statement about South African political landscape by Roelf Meyer and Bantu Holomisa of the UDM and Tony Leon of the Democratic Party The leaders of the DP and the UDM held a meeting during the past week in which an overview of the present political situation in the country was undertaken. Both parties confirmed their viewpoints that an over-dominant one party state was detrimental to the interests of South Africa and the need [...]

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Court case against UDM Pretoria Councillors

December 10th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

joint media statement by the UDM and the NP The National Party (NP) and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) have jointly decided that the pending court case regarding the UDM members who have resigned from the NP whilst retaining their elected positions on the Pretoria City Council, not be proceeded with. It is a joint viewpoint that the situation in the country in the national interest requires from everybody to rather concentrate on the bigger [...]

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The challenges facing South Africa as we approach the New Millennium

December 10th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Economy, Speeches|

presented by Mr Bantu Holomisa, UDM Co-leader, at the South African Institute of Race Relations, Johannesburg In the letter of invitation which I received from the Institute of Race Relations, it is stated that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is attracting much media attention. The UDM on the other hand feels that scant attention is paid to its activities by the media, so it is a matter of debate as to whether we enjoy any [...]

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Blanket amnesty for top ANCs

December 9th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has now asked legal opinion on its decision to grant amnesty to Mr Thabo Mbeki and 36 other top ANC officials. Since granting amnesty, the Committee has not informed the nation for which human rights transgressions these amnesties were granted. As a matter of fact, the Committee has indicated that they need not do any explaining. This is of [...]

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TRC hearing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

December 5th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The past two weeks’ hearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has revealed a number of things ‘that went horribly wrong’ during the time of Ms Madikizela-Mandela’s association with the so-called Mandela United Football Club. Details aside, our country now demands clear reaction from the ANC leadership if it is serious about the aim of the TRC, namely to get to the truth about [...]

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Medium-term budget policy statement by Minister Manuel

December 3rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The release of Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s medium-term budget policy statement has introduced a new, transparent direction for South African fiscal policy. For this he needs to be congratulated. Although all the news is not encouraging, especially the scaled-down forecast for growth of the GDP, the opening up of fiscal policy planning is a fresh approach that will prove to be of immense assistance to local and foreign [...]

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Concern about murders on farms

December 3rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The alarming regularity with which farming people are attacked and murdered has long since reached critical proportions. The possibility mooted by President Mandela last week that the atrocities may be committed by wild elements formerly belonging to MK, was a frank admission opening up a possibility of ending this rule of terror. The UDM, however, is concerned that nothing substantial has apparently since been done. We request government, [...]

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Jobs summit: acclaim for breakthrough

December 1st, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Economy, Issues, Media statements: UDM|

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The UDM is extremely grateful for the agreement reached at Nedlac on the presidential jobs summit planned for the second quarter of 1998. We have taken note of the two phased approach towards the summit and the follow-up phase envisaged. Although proper planning is essential, it is a pity that this most desperate need of so many of our fellow South Africans took so long to receive the [...]

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Zuma’s final straw

November 25th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|

statement by Bantu Holomisa The finding by the Public Protector that Minister Zuma had made some misleading or exaggerated claims about the cost of medicines in South Africa in an apparent bid to justify her medicines bills, is a further infringement by a minister that is now really overstaying her welcome. With this, Minister Zuma has misled Parliament and the population at large. Under the circumstances, signing of the Bills by the President should be delayed until [...]

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