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.


The Eastern Cape Department of Education underspent on its 2016/17 infrastructure budget by R49-million. The department had received R1.679-billion of which R1,629-billion was spent. The 2016/2017 output is disappointing and embarrassing to a department that promised so much but achieved so little. The underperformance is disheartening. The actual achievement of school infrastructure targets leaves much to be desired and continues to expose our learners to a tough learning environment. According …

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The Democratic Alliance extends its best wishes to the 87 353 Grade 12 learners in the Eastern Cape who will be writing their matric final exams from Monday, 23 October 2017. It is our sincere hope that you will achieve high-quality results that will enable you to either continue with tertiary education, to enter the job market or to become a young entrepreneur.  Education is the foundation for opportunity. Your …

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The Democratic Alliance took a principled stance today and withdrew from further attendance of this week’s Taking Legislature to the People in Port St Johns. We cannot allow the rules of the legislature to be flouted and do not want to be party to non-compliance. It unacceptable that questions for oral reply on Wednesdays when the House is sitting has been deemed unnecessary and frivolous by the ANC government and …

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A total of 68 legislature questions by the DA, relating to the general business of governance in the various Eastern Cape departments, have been left unanswered, some dating back as far as 2014. Have matters in the ANC administration in the province deteriorated to such an extent that MECs are afraid to answer questions that hold them to account? This is not about the DA.  Members of our community are …

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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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