Kobus Botha

6BothaKobus was born on 16th February 1969 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

At the age of 3 years he relocated with his parents to Johannesburg.
Kobus is currently single and has two grown-up sons, a six-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son.

1973 – 1986 Kobus completed his secondary and primary education in Johannesburg.

1986 He enrolled at the Wits University to study for an LLB Law degree but due to circumstances could not complete the course.

Kobus has a total of 23 years of governmental experience.

From 1987 to 1996 Kobus worked for Department of Defence with secondments to Justice, SAPS, Correctional Services and Ministerial level.

1996 – 2000 He established his own business and successfully managed the business enterprise for 5 years.

Since 2000 Kobus served as a public representative at local municipal council level, district municipal council level and lastly at the Buffalo City Metropolitan Council before being elected to the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature in May 2014.

The latter earned him 14 years accumulated experience in Local Government affairs.  He currently serves as DA Shadow MEC for Social Development.

Kobus has served the Democratic Alliance in various senior leadership positions and is currently a member of the Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape Provincial Council, he is a Whip in the DA Caucus in the Legislature and Constituency Leader for EC Midlands which comprises of Cradock, Middelburg, Tarkastad, Molteno Hofmeyr and Sterkstoom.


Eastern Cape Non Profit Organisations rendering various critical and specialised services such as social welfare services to children on behalf of the Department of Social Development will have to wait much longer for their much-needed funds.  On Wednesday, 16 August, a motion that was tabled by me in the Provincial Legislature, was halted in its tracks by the ANC majority party.  For the motion, click here: 16-08-2017; Motion NPO transfer payments …

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The DA is concerned that the principles of good governance such as transparency, upholding the law and accountability in terms of NPO’s rights are not being upheld in our province. I will be writing to the MEC for Social Development, Nancy Sihlwayi, to enquire about her plans to address the department’s lack of capacity to follow internal funding processes efficiently. MEC Sihlwayi and her top management officials were summoned to …

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Monday meeting with NPOs seeks ‘amicable solution’ OUTRAGE over budget cuts to non-profit organisations, some of which officially closed this week costing a number of jobs, has pressured the social development department to negotiate a solution. Social development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi’s spokesman Mzukisi Solani announced yesterday that a meeting would be held with all affected NPOs on Monday to find an amicable solution to the funding crisis after massive budget …

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Budget slashes to charities will also cost jobs This is irresponsible, uncaring, unlawful, unreasonable and procedurally unfair SEVERAL Eastern Cape nonprofit organisations are devastated by drastic budget cuts this financial year. Child Welfare in East London and King William’s Town, as well as a Port Elizabeth mental health centre will have to halve their staff and others may have to shut shop completely. The Dispatch has seen the social development …

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The Department of Social Development in the Eastern Cape has embarked on a quiet and selective mission to identify and cut various non-profit organisation’s budget funding allocations overnight by 50%. This uncaring act administered by MEC Nancy Sihlwayi of Social Development and her department officials has triggered a state of panic amongst hundreds of NPO’s that are employing experienced social workers as they have to be retrenched. The restructuring and …

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