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 has no recorded data of the number of school buildings that are no longer being used for the purpose of education. To make matters worse, the Department of Public Works has never been informed of any intention from its sister department to hand back schools that have been closed.  The disregard by the ANC-government relating to millions of rands of unused assets is unacceptable. …

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Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable Members of the Executive, members of the Legislature, officials from the Department of Education, dignitaries and visitors, I solemnly greet you. The Department of Education has been allocated R34.7-billion for the 2018/2019 financial year. Please bear with me for a quick breakdown of the budget: There is an increase of 6.8% for compensation of employees There is an increase of 3.8% for Goods and Services …

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Honourable Speaker, Hon Premier, the executive, Honourable Members, officials of the Office of the Premier, dignitaries and visitors, I heartily greet you this morning. Honourable Speaker, the Office of the Premier has been allocated an amount of R973,396 million for the financial year 2018/19 which is an increase of 39,8% on the previous years’ allocation. This 39,8% increase is due to increases in Broadband projects, Small Town Revitalisation and compensation …

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THE Eastern Cape education department needs R4.4-billion to replace the unhealthy and unhygienic pit latrines and address general sanitary problems at schools. More than 3 000 schools are said to have no proper sanitation. This is 60% of the schools in the province. The department plans to fix 700 of these schools over the next 10 years. This was revealed by education MEC Mandla Makupula in his parliamentary response to …

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The death of young Lumka Mkhethwa earlier this year at Luna Primary school in Bizana, Eastern Cape could have been prevented if the Department of Education prioritised the dire need for sufficient sanitation for schools after the death of 5 year old Michael Komape in Limpopo in 2014. A judgment was ordered a few days ago instructing the Department of Basic Education in Limpopo to supply and install at each …

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