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 failing ANC government have found it fit to erect a massive billboard on the school grounds of Selborne College in East London, in direct contravention of the South African Schools Act. Section 33A of the Act clearly states that “… (4) A school may not allow the display of material of a party-political nature on its premises, unless such party-political material is related to the curriculum at the school.” …

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Over 60 learners from Elliot have had their school ripped away from them and have been left stranded because the failing Eastern Cape Education Department cannot adhere to the rule of law and failed rationalisation. The Grade R to Grade 7 learners and the teachers of Long Hope Primary School have been left abandoned after a decision to close their school with no apparent plans to accommodate them. The children …

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As tens of thousands of learners across the province begin their schooling this week, and hundreds of thousands return to class, more needs to be done to ensure they are getting the best education possible. There is no quick fix solution for the Eastern Cape Education system, it will take concerted effort and time, but first there needs to be the political will to admit there are failings, so that …

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Yesterday the Eastern Cape celebrated breaking through the 70% Matric pass rate, but it doesn’t tell the full story. What the Department did not mention is that of the 106,599 learners in the province who enrolled for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) at the beginning of the year, only 65,733 wrote their final exams. The question that needs to be asked is what happened to the other 40,866 learners? Were …

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Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund Van Vuuren

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable Members, dignitaries, visitors and Departmental officials – I humbly greet you. Honourable Speaker, as members of the provincial legislature and as employees of the government, we are meant to be here to serve the people of the Eastern Cape by assisting in providing a better life for one and all by fighting corruption, by improving service delivery, by expediting fair access to job opportunities, and …

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