Dr Wilmot Godfrey James

National Assembly

Wilmot Godfrey James

About Wilmot Godfrey James

Dr James graduated the University of the Western Cape with a B.A. Honours (cum laude) and then went on to achieve an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A. At the beginning of his professional life he served the higher education sector in South Africa, the U.S.A. and the U.K. He has served as director of Sanlam, Media24 and the Africa Genome Education Institute, and is the chairperson of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Immigration Advisory Board of South Africa. After spending 12 years as a Trustee of the New York based Ford Foundation, Dr James entered public life during 2008 and was elected to Parliament on 22 April 2009. His areas of policy interests are education, immigration and science & technology. He was formerly the Shadow Minister of Higher Education as well as Trade and Industry; he is now the Shadow Minister of Health.

Wilmot James's plenary attendance record for Feb-Apr 2013 and 2012

Committee appearances

  • Health Care Services for the Mentally Ill: Free State & Limpopo Departments of Health — 14 Mar 2017

    Dr W James (DA) said that the national framework was very good, but there was no common way of reporting for provinces to allow the Committee to compare provinces. The staffing and vacancy rates were not easy to assess based on the information in the presentation. There should be less ...
  • 2nd National Burden of Disease Survey: Medical Research Council briefing — 8 Mar 2017

    Dr W James (DA) asked if the infant mortality rate was broken down into neonatal and post neonatal, and if so, asked what the numbers were for each. He added that there is a need to talk about the appropriate interventions that are required, because infant mortality in South Africa ...
  • Health Care Services for Mentally ill Patients: Eastern Cape and Western Cape Provincial Departments of Health briefing — 7 Mar 2017

    Dr W James (DA) said that he realised that dealing with psychiatric patients was often difficult and required highly specialised staff, but that it seemed that the province is being hampered by large bed shortages, staff shortages, and the pressure being put on rehab centres. Where is ECDoH going to ...
  • Health Sector Report: briefing by Auditor-General — 1 Mar 2017

    Dr W James (DA) appreciated the AG for the rigor and attention paid to details as reflected in the report. He said the Committee noted the complaint received by AG on waste management which was mentioned during the presentation. He commended the effort of the AG in tackling this problem ...
  • Information sharing meeting with the German Delegation — 24 Feb 2017

    Dr W James (DA) said there were 6.4 Million South African living with HIV. The issues associated with this were ensuring that all infected people were on antiretroviral drugs which required a rich surveillance, the new infections especially on young women getting monitored because it was difficult to get ...

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Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Health — 13 Mar 2017

    How many (a) directors-general, (b) deputy directors-general, (c) chief directors and (d) directors were employed in each provincial department of health of (i) Eastern Cape, (ii) the Free State, (iii) Gauteng, (iv) KwaZulu-Natal and (v) Limpopo at the end of each of the past 10 financial years?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Health — 13 Mar 2017

    How many (a) directors-general, (b) deputy directors-general, (c) chief directors and (d) directors were employed in each provincial department of health of (i) Mpumalanga, (ii) North West, (iii) Northern Cape and (iv) Western Cape at the end of each of the past 10 financial years?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Health — 23 Sep 2016

    (1) (a) How many clinical associates have (i) graduated and (ii) entered the job market in the (aa) 2012, (bb) 2013, (cc) 2014 and (dd) 2015 calendar years and (b) from which institutions did each of the specified clinical associates graduate; (2) what are the pay scales of clinical associates ...

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Plenary appearances

All Plenary Appearances

Currently

Formerly

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2015 [Source]

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Type of Business Directorship/Partnership
Music [Conducting] Len Van Zyl Trust
Inactive [In process of being deregistered] Rowmoor
Music Cape Philharmonic Endowment

GIFTS AND HOSPITALITY

Value Description Source
R1 170 Packet of tea; Tea vase; Pen; Tea set Govet of Taiwan
R200 Flower vase Govt of Taiwan
R400 2 Framed pictures Govt. of Taiwan

LAND AND PROPERTY

Location Extent Description
Claremont 660sq.m. House

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Nature Name of Company No Nominal Value
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam] 1 000 R1 000
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam] 4 000 R1 000

TRAVEL

Sponsor Description
Brenthurst Foundation Visit to Singapore [7-15 Sept. 2014]
Govt of Taiwan Visit to Taiwan - Dec. 2014

TRUSTS

Name Of Trusts Trustee/Beneficiary
Forbes Family Trust Trustee/Beneficiary
James Family Trust Trustee/Beneficiary

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2014 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Nature Name of Company No Nominal Value
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho [WC] 1 000 R800
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho [Gauteng] 6 142 R800

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Type of Business Directorship/Partnership
Conductor's Competition Len Van Zyl Trust
Family Trust James Family Trust
Science [Dormant] Tesso Trading
Electricity [Dormant] Rowmoor Investments
Music Cape Philharmonic Endowment

GIFTS AND HOSPITALITY

Value Description Source
R250 Pen Taiwan Parliament

LAND AND PROPERTY

Location Extent Description
Lynfrae 660sq.m. Home

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2013 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Nature Name of Company No Nominal Value
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam] 6 142 R220 p/s
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam] 1 000 R120 p/s

TRAVEL

Sponsor Description
Government of Taiwan Return trip JHB-Taipei - Official visit
Ford Foundation Return trip CPT-NYC-CPT to give lecture

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Type of Business Directorship/Partnership
Music - Conductor's Competition Len van Zyl Trust
Family Trust James Family Trust
Science [Dormant] Tesso Trading 1056
Electricity [Dormant] Rowmoor Investments
Music Cape Philharmonic Endowment Trust

GIFTS AND HOSPITALITY

Value Description Source
R1 000 Wedding Invitations Gupta Family [not accepted]
+- R400 each = R1 200 3 x Tea sets Government of Taiwan
+-R150 Box of tea Singapore Government
R1 000 Pen[Sheaffer] Young President's Organisation
+-R400 each = R800 2 x Baskets of goods Small Business Development PCDTI

LAND AND PROPERTY

Location Extent Description
Claremont 660sq.m. House

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2012 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Nature Name of Company No Nominal Value
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam] 1 000 R120 p/s
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam] 6 142 R220 p/s
Ordinary Fynbos Holdings 90 R12 000 p/s

LAND AND PROPERTY

Location Extent Description
Claremont 660sq.m. Home
Scarborough 410sq.m. Plot

REMUNERATED EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT

Employer Approved Type of Business Name of Whip
Africa Genome Ed. Institute Yes Non-profit Education A Watson
Grape Co. of Paarl Yes Export A Watson

GIFTS AND HOSPITALITY

Value Description Source
R300 Pen SABS

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Type of Business Directorship/Partnership
Investment Holdings Fynbos
Export African Cune
Endowment Trust Music Cape Philharmonic Endowment Trust
Export Sunland Fruit Export
Export Grape Company
Non-profit Education Africa Genome Education
Music [conducting] Len van Zyl Trust
Family Trust James Family Trust
Holding Fynbos SPV1
Science [dormant] Tresso Trading 1056
Holdings Fynbos SPV2
Non-profit Co. [Climate Change] Fynbos Foundation

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2011 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Nature Name of Company No Nominal Value
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho[Sanlam] 1 000 R210 per share
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botha [Sanlam] 6 142 R220 per share
Ordinary Fynbos Media 204 R12 000 per share

LAND AND PROPERTY

Location Extent Description
Scarborough 410sq.m. Plot
Claremont 660sq.m. Home

REMUNERATED EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT

Employer Approved Type of Business Name of Whip
Grape Co. of Paarl Yes Export IO Davidson
Africa Gnome Ed. Institute Yes Non-profit Education IO Davidson

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Type of Business Directorship/Partnership
Investment Holdings Fynbos
Export African Dune
Export Sunland Fruit Export
Export Grape Company
Non-profit Education Africa Genome Education
Music [Conducting] Len Van Zyl Trust
Endowment Trust Music Trust
Family Trust James Family Trust
Holding Fynbos SPV1
Science [dormant] Tresso Trading 1056
Holdings Fynbos SPV2
Non-profit Co. Climate Change Fynbos Foundation

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2010 [Source]

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Nature Name of Company No Nominal Value
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho/Sanlam 1,000 R210ps
Ordinary Ubuntu-Botho/Sanlam 6,142 R220ps
Ordinary Fynbos Media 204 R12,000ps

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Type of Business Directorship/Partnership
Science [Dormant] Tresso Trading 1056
Investment Holdings Fynbos
Export African Dune
Holdings Fynbos SPV2
Export Sunland Fruit Export
Export Grape Company
Non-profit Education Africa Genome Education
Music [Conducting] Len van Zyl Trust
Endowment Trust Music Cape Philharmonic Endowment Trust
Non-profit Co. Climate Change Fynbos Foundation
Family Trust James Family Trust
Holding Fynbos SPV1

LAND AND PROPERTY

Location Extent Description
Scarborough 410sq.m. Plot
Claremont 660sq.m. Home

2017 attendance

100% attendance rate

Attended 13 meetings out of 13

2016 attendance

71% attendance rate

Attended 15 meetings out of 21

2015 attendance

60% attendance rate

Attended 15 meetings out of 25

2014 attendance

(From the start of the Fifth Parliament)

81% attendance rate

Attended 13 meetings out of 16

Minister/Deputy Minister attendance is not compulsory. MP attendance is compulsory unless an apology is given.

DISCLAIMER: This is not the official attendance record of Parliament. This information has been obtained via the Parliamentary Monitoring Group. PMG makes every effort to compile reliable and comprehensive information, but does not claim that the data is 100% accurate and complete.