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 Democratic Alliance extends its best wishes to the estimated 105,189 Grade 12 pupils from the Eastern Cape that have been registered as candidates for the National Senior Certificate, and who will be writing their matric final exams from Monday., 22 October 2018. Education is the foundation that enables you to grow as an individual and make a difference in the world. Your determination to get a quality education is …

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The Democratic Alliance is outraged at the thought that the Department of Education wants to create a draconian database of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) learners. In an email sent to schools around the province, the Special Programmes Unit Head Office instructed schools to provide them with a list of all LGBTI learners from their schools by close of business the same day. The email claims that the …

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Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund Van Vuuren

Taking legislature to the People Elliotdale, Amathole District Municipality 16 October 2018 Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, All MEC’s present here today, my colleagues, the Honourable MPL’s, Education Departmental Officials, dignitaries, visitors, activists of all political parties and the residents of Elliotdale and the broader community. I humbly greet you. Honourable Speaker, the Democratic Alliance welcomes this comprehensive report compiled and adopted by the multiparty Education Portfolio Committee and also supports …

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On behalf of the Democratic Alliance, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Education MEC Mandla Makupula, who passed away during the early hours of this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. It is a sad day indeed. I worked well with Mandla, who had been a member of the provincial legislature since 1999 and held …

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Close to 700 learners, including those still in primary school, have fallen pregnant in the Eastern Cape over the past two years, with the figures climbing year on year. When a baby is born to a teenage mother, it places tremendous pressure on her, often resulting in her having to drop out of school to raise the child, trapping yet another generation in institutionalised poverty. Responding to a parliamentary question, …

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