Edmund Van Vuuren

4EdmundPeter Edmund Van Vuuren, known as Edmund.

Born on 15 May 1956, in Port Elizabeth.

Marital Status

  • Sadly, my wife, Charmaine, passed away in early 2017.  We have a son, a daughter-in-law, daughter and three grandchildren.


  • Completed matric in 1973 at Paterson High in Port Elizabeth.
  • Obtained a Bachelors of Science degree and a Higher Diploma in Education at the University of the Western Cape in 1979.


  • I started my teaching career in 1980 at Chapman Secondary School in Port Elizabeth, where I was responsible for teaching mathematics to the matriculants.
  • In 1992, I was appointed Principal at Hillside High school and served in this position untill my election as a member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, on the 22nd of April 2009.
  • I have spent 29 years, 3 months and 22 days in the teaching profession.

Political background

  • I became a member of the Democratic Alliance in 2000.
  • In 2006 I was elected as a DA Proportional councillor in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, and served on the Budget and Treasury Committee.
  • I became a member of the Provincial Legislature in 2009 and  as an MPL,  I serve on the following Portfolios: Education; Office of the Premier;  I am also the Chief Whip of the DA Caucus in Bhisho.
  • I am the current Constituency Leader of PE North, which consists of wards 9, 10, 12,21, 22, 23, 29, 32 and 34 in the Norhern Areas and KwaZakhle in Port Elizabeth.


  • I play golf for pleasure.
  • Also a vivid reader.


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Education MEC Mandla Makupula’s 2018 post declaration has failed to address the ongoing issue of substantive vacant posts in the province.  The province still has a total of 3 456 vacant posts.  A DA-run provincial government would never allow this ongoing issue to fester. Yesterday (subs:  Tuesday, 12 Sept), MEC Makupula declared an educator post basket of 54 026 for the 2018 academic year. This is 721 less than the …

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Every year, on 30 September, the MEC for Education declares the number of teaching posts in the province,  based on the number of learners in the school system.  Last year, the number of posts of 2017 remained the same as in 2016, totalling 54  747.   Unfortunately, the number of posts declared was not enough for the 5 500 schools in the province, resulting in a number of vacant substantive posts …

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Farm schools that are working efficiently and effectively should remain open.  It makes no sense to close these schools when no scholar transport or boarding facilities are in place. I have written to the MEC of Education, Mandla Makupula, and the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Education, Fundile Gade, to request that farm schools that are working efficiently and effectively remain open.  We cannot follow a blanket-approach in this …

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Terwyl skole in die Oos-Kaap gebuk gaan onder tekorte aan onderwysers, meubels en vervoer, het dié provinsie se onderwysdepartement teen die einde van die 2015-’16-boekjaar nog met honderdmiljoene rande gesit. Só lui ’n verslag van die provinsiale wetgewer se portefeuljekomitee oor onderwys wat gister in die wetgewer ter tafel gelê is. Die komitee, wat in November verskeie kere met die departement se amptenare vergader het, het bevind dat die administrasie …

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