Bobby Stevenson

2BobbyROBERT (BOBBY) SYKES DUBULIRHAMBA* STEVENSON

Born:    Port Elizabeth, 18 February 1959

* Xhosa name meaning “the one that kills the mighty snake”

Marital Status:

  • Divorced with 2 children

Current position:

  • Leader of the Democratic Alliance in the Provincial Legislature, Eastern Cape
  • Deputy Provincial Leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape.

Education:

  • Attended Grey Junior School
  • Matriculated at Sacs in Cape Town

Tertiary Education

  • Graduated with a law degree – BProc in 1980 – UCT
  • Graduated from UPE with a BA Hons Degree in political science (Cum Laude) – 1993

Political Background

  • 1978 was elected as youth leader of the Progressive Federal Party in the Western Cape
  • Was a member of the Liberal students association at UCT
  • 1983 – appointed regional director of the Progressive Federal Party/ DP in the Eastern Cape and served in that capacity until 1999
  • 1988 – Was elected to the City Council of Port Elizabeth at the age of 28.
  • Re-elected in 1995
  • DP Caucus head
  • While on the council served on numerous bodies such as the Tourism Association, Business against crime, Port Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Community Police Forum as chairperson(Humewood)
  • Held the portfolio of safety and security on the executive committee of the Port Elizabeth City Council
  • While a city councilor, played a leading role in fighting racial discrimination at local government level and was a strong proponent of human rights.
  • Also played a leading role in the one city negotiations which resulted in Port Elizabeth being the first city in South Africa to have non racial local government.  Was the head of the DP negotiating team.
  • 1999 was elected to the Provincial Legislature in the Eastern Cape and was the Chief Whip of the party.
  • Subsequently re-elected in 2004
  • Chief whip of the Official Opposition from 2005 – 2009.
  • Also the Regional Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance in the Nelson Mandela Metropole 2000 -20007
  • Former provincial vice chair and provincial chairperson of finance of the Democratic Alliance of the Eastern Cape.
  • Also serves on the Federal Council of the party and on the national finance committee
  • Was the founding secretary general in 1995 of the Association of Liberal Democratic Councillors now ADAC
  • Played a leading role in designing the 1995 national local govt election campaign of the DP (national co-coordinator)
  • Member of the same party since 1977 through the subsequent mergers of PFP into DP and then DA
  • Political head PE South West Constituency.
  • Serves on the following Legislature Committees:
    • Safety and Security
    • Finance and provincial expenditure
    • Public Accounts
    • Rules Committee
  • Active church member and has seen service as a society steward (elder), lay preacher in the Methodist Church. Currently board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Wholeness which is directed by Bishop George Irvine.

Study tours:

  • Participated in a number of overseas study tours which include visits to USA, Russia, Germany, France and Switzerland. The main focus being on local government issues.
  • Also attended executive training course in Australia, New Zealand, India, China and Thailanad on behalf of the legislature.
  • Undertook a study tour in Canada in 2008 where the focus was on crime.
  • Undertaken numerous legislature training courses.

Hobbies:

  • Golf, gym and recreational tennis
  • Enjoys reading extensively on politics and human resources development

LATEST ARTICLES


Unemployment in the Eastern Cape skyrocketed by 3.8 percentage points, from 28.4% in the fourth quarter of 2016 (October-December) to 32.2% in the first quarter of 2017 (January-March), according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South Africa today. This is one of the biggest quarterly increases in unemployment in the province in years, meaning that 110 000 fewer people had work in the first quarter of 2017, …


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South Africa is facing a fiscal crisis. The governments’ total debt now stands at R2.2 trillion. The debt to GDP ratio was 23% in 2009 and is now at 50,7%. The total debt service cost has risen from a R147 Billion in 2016/2017 to a R162 Billion this year. State guarantees to state owned enterprises are standing at R477 Billion. The fiscal expansionary policies of the current government are placing …


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This budget takes place not only against the fiscal crisis in which this country find itself in but also against the background of a number of factors. These include medico legal contingent liabilities of R17,669 billion, a provision for capped leave of R6.2 billion, backlogs in infrastructure of R151.1 billion, accruals in the region of R1.5 billion. There is also the issue of COE which is projected to rise at …


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Nqaba Bhanga has been elected as Eastern Cape Leader of the Democratic Alliance, at today’s Provincial Congress in East London. While the election was a close one, a clear winner emerged by a majority of votes. The vote and the vote count proceeded without a single query, objection or contest, and that is testament to the DA commitment to free and fair elections. The new DA Eastern Cape Leadership is …


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NELSON Mandela Bay will lead the way in showing South Africa how to flourish even if the country is relegated to junk status by the investment rating agencies, mayor Athol Trollip said yesterday. At a Freedom Day rally at Vuyisile Mini Square, Trollip said his administration would focus on the metro’s unique qualities, particularly the bounty offered in Algoa Bay. The trick would be to capitalise on marine development opportunities …


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