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.

Education

  • 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.

Background

  • 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.

Hobbies

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

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Tens of thousands of learners at 1 075 schools in the Eastern Cape are at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases because the Education Department has still not done anything to remove the carcinogenic asbestos from schools. Education MEC Fundile Gade admits that asbestos can cause diseases such as asbestosis and asbestos-related cancer, but the Department is dragging its heels on eradicating it from schools. In response to a parliamentary question, …


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Close to 70 000 learners have disappeared from the Eastern Cape’s enrolment register between April and August this year, but despite this worrying trend, there seems to be no plan in place to address this, or even a sense of urgency to do so. I am deeply concerned as to what is happening to these learners, given the social ills in our society. They cannot simply be abandoned. In response …


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It is unacceptable that some educators that have exited the system more than 18 months ago are still waiting to receive their leave gratuities. In response to a parliamentary question from the DA, Education MEC Fundile Gade revealed that there are 108 retired educators who are owed R8.8 million in leave gratuity, with some queries dating back to the beginning of 2021. These educators, who dedicated their lives to assisting …


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The Eastern Cape Department of Social Development has failed to provide food parcels to thousands of starving households in the province. Since the beginning of the new financial year in April, the Department has distributed food parcels to just 3% of its beneficiaries. In response to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance, MEC Siphokazi Mani-Lusithi revealed that between 1 April and 10 June this year, just 141 food parcels …


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Since the beginning of March 2022, the Department of Social Development (DSD) has not distributed a single food parcel to the destitute in the Buffalo City or Nelson Mandela Bay Metros. While the Department has not given any explanation as to why they have not done so, the problem is clearly not due to a lack of funds. Earlier this year, the DA revealed that R67 million provided in grant …


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