Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome, and thank you very much for joining us this morning.
Last weekend, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) held its National Executive Committee meeting in Pretoria and once more endorsed its Ascendancy Programme. The Ascendancy Programme is the UDM’s 5 year plan to rebuild the party and turn into a formidable political force by 2020.
In line with this Ascendancy Programme and in preparation for our National Congress to be held in Bloemfontein on the 11-13 December 2015, the UDM NEC also resolved that over the next few months we will develop a detailed programme to rebuild the UDM in all nine Provinces.
Central to the attainment of the objectives of our Ascendancy Programme is the need to recruit strong and capable leaders.
Therefore, the recruitment of MrsKhanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala into the UDM forms part of this strategy.
We are also working hard to prepare for the 2016 Local Government Elections.
In this regard, we are delighted to welcome Comrade Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabala. We feel that she has an important role to play in helping us to rebuild the UDM.
Comrade Litchfield-Tshabalala brings with her a wealth of experience as many of you would recall that until recently she was an outstanding senior EFF leader and Member of Parliament. She is what many people call an organic intellectual. Comrade welcome!
One of our least talked about achievements is that the UDM was the only party other than the official opposition that registered positive growth in the last elections.
We therefore have no doubt in our minds that Comrade Litchfield-Tshabalala will add tremendous value in ensuring that we register even more growth in future.
Her decision to join the UDM proves once more that our economic philosophy that “Government Must Do More” speaks to our socio-economic challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
Together with ComradeLitchfield-Tshabalala we will work hard to reach out to all sectors of society and socio economic backgrounds towards the attainment of our objectives.
We are pleased to inform you that ComradeLitchfield-Tshabalala will be leading our National Organising Department in Pretoria with immediate effect.
I thank you.
Issued by Bantu Holomisa