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 horrific drowning of a child in a latrine at the Luna Primary School in Mbizana on Tuesday, 13 March, must serve as a wake-up call to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Education MEC Mandla Makupula to stop making excuses about budget constraints because they cannot spend the money. The ANC-led government must act now to sort out the infrastructure mess at schools in the Eastern Cape. This incident highlights …

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The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape is appealing to Education MEC Mandla Makupula to finally put a building plan in place to assist ET Thabane Primary School learners and the Ugie community as the school building is decrepit. The state of the school building is not conducive for teaching and learning. It is also a health hazard for learners and teachers. I have urged MEC Mandla Makupula on numerous …

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Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable Members, dignitaries, visitors ad Departmental officials – allow me to greet you. Honourable Speaker, the Democratic Alliance unequivocally supports the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts that the Department of Education be denied the amount of R174 570 million which was incurred in both programmes 2 and 7 respectively and that appropriation of these funds must be without funding in terms of Section 34(2) …

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Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable Members, dignitaries, visitor’s and Departmental officials – I humbly greet you. Honourable Speaker, the Committee scheduled hearings with different government departments in order to interact with the reports of the Auditor General which were tabled in the Provincial Legislature and referred to the Committee of Public Accounts for consideration and reporting. Hon Speaker, the majority of the government departments received either unqualified audit reports, unqualified …

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