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SA will be free with good education – UDM

South Africans will be truly free when they enjoy quality education, jobs, health, security and property ownership, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said on Monday. South Africa Immigration"There must be productive employment and a decent living wage for our people," he said in a speech prepared for delivery. "In the long run, food security can only be achieved and hunger beaten if people have jobs." Holomisa was speaking at a United Democratic Movement youth month rally at Freedom Park, near Rustenburg. He said South Africans needed good education and a good health system, and to be free of crime in their communities. "Considering these factors, one cannot draw any other answer to the question I posed earlier, are South Africans truly free? The answer is no," he said. Holomisa said the mining sector had not transformed "since the days our grandfathers worked the mines". "Many mineworkers die poor, while thousands suffer from incurable diseases caused by working in the mines." Holomisa said mining firms such as Anglo American and BHP Billiton should "offload" some of their mining rights to the people. "This will serve as an incentive to employees and the new mining companies to promote productivity and to increase competition in the industry." He said for South Africa to create jobs "we need to demand that government take steps to ensure that 50 to 60 percent of our goods are beneficiated locally". Holomisa suggested that an economic indaba "on the scale of Codesa" should be hosted to find solutions to the country's problems. He said socio-economic freedom could be achieved if the government did more. It had to review the funding model of the "expensive" education system which, he said, had failed to produce the skills required by employers. Holomisa said the events of 1976, and the killing of 44 people during a strike in Marikana, should be a reminder "that we have to work harder to resolve our differences by talking and not physical violence". Source: http://www.citizen.co.za/citizen/content/en/citizen/local-sport?oid=437377&sn=Detail&pid=146826&SA-will-be-free-with-good-education---UDM

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