Mr Chris Hunsinger

National Assembly

Chris Hunsinger

About Chris Hunsinger

Mr Hunsinger is an MP in the National Assembly for the Democratic Alliance. He is the Political Leader of the DA in the Bergrivier Constituency of the Western Cape and has been serving in various capacities and structures. He actively participates in branch projects and programs in the Swartland Region, where he resides, and serves as Executive Member of that Constituency. Prior to his current role in Bergrivier, he gained experience as Political Head of the Matzikama and Philippi Constituencies in the West Coast and Metro Regions respectively.

Mr Hunsinger graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science: University Stellenbosch and obtained several Post-Graduate qualifications in Management & Financial Planning. He has working experience as an entrepreneur in the Retail and Financial Services Industry and was nominated as SA Best Practice Top 10 Finalist in 2009 and was awarded the Celestis Best Practice Achievement Award of Western Province in the same year.

In politics, Mr Hunsinger has previously served as a Ward Councillor in Swartland, as MMC for Finance & Economic Development, Portfolio Chairperson for Finance at the Swartland Municipality, a Member of the Provincial Executive Council with SALGA.

In terms of civic contribution, in 2006, Mr Hunsinger was honoured with the International Blue Heart Award in Berlin, Germany, for his contribution towards promoting various international youth partnerships between South Africa and Germany since 1997 - and for the establishment of the annual International Sondeza AFRIyouth Camp in Ganzekraal, South Africa, in 2004. He was the 14th international and first African recipient of this prestigious prize. In 2016, Mr Hunsinger received honorary life membership of USAPHO, a registered non-profit community organization, responsible for youth development and projects, one of which includes a partnership cooperation with the University College Arteveldehogeschool, in association with the University of Ghent (Belgium). Since 2016, he is an elected executive Board member of The Character Company, which seeks to raise boys to be good men and nominated Director of Governance with SASH - The SA Society of Hope, since 2017.

2019 committee attendance as mp

100% attendance rate

Attended 7 meetings out of 7

2018 committee attendance as mp

92% attendance rate

Attended 45 meetings out of 49

2017 committee attendance as mp

95% attendance rate

Attended 37 meetings out of 39

2016 committee attendance as mp

97% attendance rate

Attended 33 meetings out of 34

2015 committee attendance as mp

74% attendance rate

Attended 23 meetings out of 31

2014 committee attendance as mp

(From the start of the Fifth Parliament)

88% attendance rate

Attended 14 meetings out of 16

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  • Minister/Deputy Minister attendance is not compulsory.
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  • This is not the official committee attendance record of Parliament.
  • Plenary Attendance is not made public by Parliament although it has been requested.

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Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2017 [Source]


Details Of Benefits Trustee/Beneficiary Name Of Trusts Registration Number
Home (Residence) Flat (Property) Trustee Hunsinger Family Trust IT 1437/2006


Description Extent Location
Hunsinger Family Trust House and Flat Malmesbury

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2016 [Source]


Description Sponsor
Official delegation to Taiwan - Dec. 2015 for 5 days Taiwanese Government


Details Of Benefits Trustee/Beneficiary Name Of Trusts Registration Number
Home [Residence] rustee Hunsinger Family Trust IT 1437/2006


Description Location
House [in Family Trust] Malmesburg

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2015 [Source]


Details Of Benefits Trustee/Beneficiary Name Of Trusts Registration Number
Home [Residential] Trustee Hunsinger Family Trust IT 1437/2006


Description Extent Location
House [Family Trust] Normal Malmesbury

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2014 [Source]


Nominal Value Name of Company Nature
R3 500 000 Hunsinger Family Trust Trustee


Name of Whip Type of Business Approved Employer
Not Supplied I received income until end of May 2014 when I resigned as shareholder and director No Atwealth (Pty) Ltd [28%]


Directorship/Partnership Type of Business
Atwealth Private Co.
Memory Lane Trading (Two) CC
Trust Tax Accounting Atwealth CC

Committee appearances

  • Department of Transport budget: Committee Report 4 Jul 2019

    Mr C Hunsinger (DA) comments on the example of the Railway Safety Bill and the confusion of its submission to Cabinet (where in a previous report appeared to have already been submitted). He reminds the Chairperson that he previously requested a full list of all the legislation, which he suggests ...
  • Department of Transport 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan 3 Jul 2019

    Mr C Hunsinger (DA) asked about the balance between budget allocations and targets. There should have been an analysis of indicators in percentage terms for each of the quarters in the presentation. He asked if there was still any real commitment to pull through the Single Transport Economic Regulator, five ...
  • Election of Chairperson, Committee-specific induction: Committee secretariat 2 Jul 2019

    Mr T Mabhena (DA) nominated Mr C Hunsinger (DA), who he stated was a seasoned and experienced politician, for the position. He added that it would be imperative for the Committee to elect an individual with impeccable integrity as the transport portfolio is of strategic importance. The Committee would have ...
  • Airports Company & ATNS Company Amendment Bills: deliberations & voting 12 Mar 2019

    Mr C Hunsinger (DA) referred to the changes in numbers of executive and non executive members and said the issue was around the impact that it could have. People needed to be assessed at practical and operational level.
  • Consideration and adoption of minutes 26 Feb 2019

    Mr C Hunsinger (DA) moved for the adoption of the minutes.

All Committee Appearances


  • Questions asked to the Minister of Transport 16 Apr 2019

    (1)(a) What is the total number of arrests that were made by the Rail Enforcement Unit of the City of Cape Town (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018 and (b) for what crime was each individual arrested; (2) will this ...
  • Questions asked to the Ms D Carter (Cope) to ask Minister of Health 9 Apr 2019

    (a) What is the position of the Government on the development of palliative care in the country and (b) how does the Government (i) intend to roll out palliative care and (ii) envisage working with and supporting community-based palliative care organisations?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Transport 3 Apr 2019

    With reference to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) matters within (a) his department and (b) the entities reporting to him, (i) what CCMA matters have been heard in each month (aa) in the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 January 2019, (ii) what number of ...

All Questions and Answers

Plenary appearances

  • Appropriation Bill 15 Jul 2014

    Hon House Chairperson, hon members, the hon Minister has an exciting assignment in Transport. It would be instrumental in what hon President Zuma described as an opportunity to embark on radical socioeconomic transformation. Referring to the National Development Plan, the President was clear in announcing that "the economy takes centre ...

All Plenary Appearances