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

  • Taxation of Sugar Sweetened Beverages: public hearings — 31 Jan 2017

    Prof W James (DA) stated that there is definitely a need for intervention to reduce the growing number of NCDs borne by consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. However, he does not think the fiscal measure is the best intervention. He believes that there may be other forms of intervention that are ...
  • Taxation of Sugar Sweetened Beverages: public hearings — 31 Jan 2017

    Dr W James (DA) commended the submissions on the factualness of their conclusions on public and medical health. The issue at hand though was with which instrument to intervene and whether it had to be a normal, graduated tax or even a tax to begin with. The one area where ...
  • Nursing Strategy: Chief Nursing Officer progress report; Nigerian delegation meeting — 30 Nov 2016

    Dr W James (DA) lauded the eradication of polio in Nigeria and asked for more information. He appreciated the cordial discussions and confirmed that a lot of money was being put into health in South Africa. There was still a problem of under-funding of the public health sector but another ...
  • Medical Innovation Bill: Department of Health briefing — 23 Nov 2016

    Dr W James (DA) asked how the country would actually reach the desired outcomes. He commented that the NDOH seemed to be headed in the right direction. Section 21 falls away as soon as it becomes a prescribed drug, and that process will be triggered by the MCC requesting a ...
  • Public Service Commission assessment of public health facilities — 9 Nov 2016

    Dr W James (DA) asked if there was a duplication of roles between the Public Service Commission and Health Standards Compliance authority. He wondered how thorough and reliable is the methodology used by the PSC for its inspection?

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Questions

  • 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 ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Health — 2 Sep 2016

    What is the total number of doctors who are (a) needed and (b) employed at the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases to assess medical conditions of miners who need to claim compensation for injuries and illnesses contracted in the course of their work in mines and quarries?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Health — 2 Sep 2016

    In light of his department's statement in 2015 that it would be setting up more one-stop service centres for miners who need to claim compensation for injuries or illnesses contracted in the course of their work in mines, (a) what is the total number of centres that have been ...

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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 6 meetings out of 6

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

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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.