Get the basics right - UDM

2011-03-05 20:07

Johannesburg - "Get the basics right" was the refrain running through the newly launched UDM manifesto by the party president, ahead of municipal elections in May.

"A UDM municipal council will endeavour to integrate the infrastructure of the rural communities to be on par with the country's developed areas," Bantu Holomisa said in a speech prepared for delivery in Mthatha on Saturday.

In the speech, Holomisa said unemployment would be tackled by conducting a skills audit and filling vacancies with unemployed graduates and the youth.

The party would also get basics like municipal billing right by "ensuring that there is proper administration, financial management at municipalities, properties are valued correctly and no errors occur with the billing system".

This after the recent billing crisis in Gauteng, specifically the City of Johannesburg.

A UDM council would get "the basics right" by rooting out corruption and paying its bills on time.

Holomisa promised an "open-door" policy to ensure continuous exchange of communication and information between UDM councillors and the community.

In his speech, Holomisa criticised the African National Congress (ANC), frequently comparing the status quo to apartheid South Africa.

He also said that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had failed to intervene in the SABC's "unfair" granting preferential coverage of ANC events.

"The old National Party applied the same tactics of manipulating state controlled media."

  • alfred - 2011-03-05 20:46

    The UD-who?

  • steve - 2011-03-05 21:02

    Holomisa for president,this man calls a spade a spade and knows when to use it,Holomisa for president.

      Fazil - 2011-03-05 23:42

      What is a " spade"?

  • CheekySod - 2011-03-05 21:05

    If the DA made a statement like Holomisa's, can you imagine the media commotion. Holomisa comparing the status quo to apartheid South Africa. Also claiming that the(state controlled) media is getting manipulated after the ANC called the media so irresponsible. (Of cource the media is getting manipulated. That is why the press release was invented. ) This after the ANC's official spokesperson made the official statement that became unofficial, that got defended again about the Western Cape's overpopulation problem. It will be really interesting to see how the ANC is going to respond to this one. We are living in interesting times.

  • GrimReaper10 - 2011-03-05 23:47

    I respect this more than what the ANC promise. ANC promise heaven and UDM promise basics. I'll take basics over that heaven. Too bad heaven looks nicer

  • snackpaz - 2011-03-06 02:31

    UDM is what exactly?

  • VuyosWors - 2011-03-06 06:22

    I miss Apartheid South Africa.

  • Hardtalk - 2011-03-06 12:44

    "Get the basics right" was the refrain running through the newly launched UDM manifesto by the party president, ahead of municipal elections in May. Sorry UDM it is too late according to many. We read the following; Hedge fund warns of SA 'blow-up' in 15 years If South Africa continues to neglect the 15 million people who are either unemployed or economically inactive, the country will "do an Egypt", according to Matthew Lester, lecturer at Rhodes University. I have said many times in the news24 comments how SA will one day suffer for its ills. Here they give it 15 years; I don’t give it that long, I am sorry to say. It is a fact that Professional whites and blacks are leaving in hordes - the human capital is decaying, with them go taxpayers (money) and job creators (companies) People (the voters) are promised everything from houses to first class services, jobs and the best health care. The honest truth is; even if the ANC wanted to deliver they would not have the money and with their future ideas on BEE, AA, and nationalization even less. The people of SA need to know the truth and the ANC government needs to be honest, not run a closed shop full of corruption. The truth will one day come out, but will it be to late POSSIBLY YES. Lets look at the truth and for those who cannot read or understand will someone please try to help them. The ANC as the voted government promise to abide by the constitution and all laws of the land. The lack of jobs, housing, healthcare, education, services and all the mistakes the local and main government make are blamed on apartheid, a very convenient excuse. All this does is stir up more hatred and frustration. Can someone please show me where it says in the constitution that; Government ministers must have million rand cars and mansion houses paid for by the state, why they have armed thugs in blue light escorts intimidating everyone. The right to waste tax money on lavish parties and self-indulgence. Where does it say you can sing racist songs at political meetings? Where does it say only the fairer skin can be resist? Can someone show me where it says government ministers and their families have the right to prosper from illegal deals and tenders. The list is endless. South Africa was built on a very strong foundation and will take a long time to destroy, but the time is coming. We see wonderful football stadiums built, new railways and roads being constructed. The trouble is, it is at the cost of a failing clean water supply – failing electricity supply – failing sewage system polluting the water we drink – the roads and other infrastructure collapsing. Again the list is endless. People are terrified of the police because of the corruption in the service with its bullying and bribery; you read every day about police officers committing crimes like rape and robbery. Every day hundreds of ratepayers are treated with disrespect and rudeness at their local council offices, when they try to enquire about services or incorrect billing. The cost of food is not controlled and the retailers are really ripping us off. The price of motor vehicles new or secondhand is the most expensive in the world WHY? The banks in SA overcharge and treat their customers with disrespect, although I live here I have had a bank account in the UK for over 30 years and have never paid a bank charge and get interest on the money in the account. It is unfair and the government doesn’t care. There is no control to unfair rip offs. The unfair and out of control treatment of the people in SA adds to the fall of SA and the government couldn’t care less. Add to this how terrified people live behind electric fences and bugler bars with alarms and armed response. Almost the most dangerous country in the world to live in. That is why people with a chance will leave, not because they want to but because they have to. Those that cannot leave I really feel sorry for, that really is the truth.

      mopheme - 2011-03-06 19:00

      Allow me to take your script to church next Sunday

  • moiraine - 2011-03-06 15:26

    You know the saying "Anyone but Australia" (ABA) when it comes to supporting sports teams? Maybe the we should change it to "Anyone but ANC"

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