Dr Michael John Cardo

Member of the National Assembly

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About Michael John Cardo

Dr Michael Cardo holds a BA (Summa Cum Laude) in English, French and History from the University of Natal, as well as an MPhil and PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, where he attended Trinity College on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship.

He joined the political staff of the DA in 2003, and was the party’s National Director of Research between 2004 and 2006. Dr Cardo was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Helen Suzman Foundation in 2006, during which time he wrote a biography of the former SA Liberal Party leader, Peter Brown "Opening Men’s Eyes: Peter Brown and the Liberal Struggle for South Africa" (Jonathan Ball: 2010).

He returned to the DA as Helen Zille’s speechwriter on the 2009 election campaign. Between 2011 and 2014, Dr Cardo worked in the Policy and Strategy Unit at the Department of the Premier in the Western Cape Government, specialising in social policy and serving as the Director of Policy Research and Analysis. Dr Cardo was elected to Parliament in 2014. He served as the DA Shadow Minister of Economic Development during the Fifth Parliament (2014 - 2019)

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Attendance of committee meetings:

2022 committee attendance as mp

81% attendance rate (26 of 32 )

2021 committee attendance as mp

93% attendance rate (37 of 40 )

2020 committee attendance as mp

91% attendance rate (29 of 32 )

2019 committee attendance as mp

95% attendance rate (18 of 19 )

2018 committee attendance as mp

96% attendance rate (25 of 26 )

2017 committee attendance as mp

53% attendance rate (9 of 17 )

2016 committee attendance as mp

95% attendance rate (19 of 20 )

2015 committee attendance as mp

83% attendance rate (10 of 12 )

2014 committee attendance as mp

(From the start of the Fifth Parliament)

60% attendance rate (3 of 5 )

DISCLAIMER: 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.

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Dr M Cardo (DA) thought the link needed to be explained better, so that it moved from talking about study ...

Dr M Cardo (DA) seconded the proposed addition.

Dr M Cardo (DA) concentrated on the dysfunction at the Compensation and Unemployment Insurance Funds and asked if there had ...

Questions asked to ministers:

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Whether he and/or his department hosted a reception in connection with his recent Budget Speech; if not, what is the ...

What incentives, since 29 May 2019, has his department (a) proposed and (b) introduced in order for the private sector ...

Whether any of the existing (a) functions, (b) responsibilities and/or (c) programmes of (i) his department and (ii) departmental entities ...

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Deputy Speaker, the Department of Employment and Labour isn't working for the unemployed. The official unemployment rate stands at 29,1%; which is the highest in 11 years. Part of the ...

Hon Speaker, the Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour does not adequately grasp - let alone address - the monstrous magnitude of South ...

Declaration of interests

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Annually, MPs are required by parliament to register their financial interests and gifts received in their official capacity. Due to the significant influence of the role that MPs take on, there may be times when their personal or business interests become in conflict with the duty prescribed to them as elected officials representing the public interest. You can see what interests your MPs declared here.
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GARDENS, CAPE TOWN

2 BEDROOM

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Investec World Axis Global Equity Fund Allan Gray Balanced Fund

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GARDENS, CAPE TOWN

82M2

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Investec World Axis Global Equity Fund Allan Gray Balanced Fund

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JONATHAN BALL PUBLISHERS

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Flights and accommodation Washington DC 6-9 September 2019 Conference on defining a new Global Economy.

Frederich Naumann Foundation

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Research Services

Brent Hurst Press Research Services

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Gardens, Cape Town

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Flights and accommodation, Washington and Detroit, USA. Study tour on "the future of work", 15-22 September 2018

Friedrich Naumann Foundation

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Flights and Accommodation, Nairobi Kenya (19-22 March 2017) African Young Liberals Retreat

Westminister Foundation for Democracy

Flights And Accommodation Johannesburg, Liberals Workings (09-11 September 2016)

Friederich Naumann Foundation

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Allan Gray Pension Preservation /RA Balanced Fund

Private

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Flights and accomodation - 60th Lib eral International Congress, Mexico [29/10/15 - 1/11/15]

Friedrich Naumann Foundation

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Flat

82sq.m.

Higgovale

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Allan Gray Pension Preservation Fund

Private

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Sponsored flights and board and lodging to attend Liberal International Conference on Liberalism, Oxford [20/3-22/3/15]

Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Sponsored flights and board to attend conference on Emerging Markets, Buenos Aires [30/11-5/12/14

Friedrich Naumann Foundation

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Starwood

Discount on hotel accommodation at Starfriend rate, Le Moeidien, Picadilly, UK

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Apartment

82sq.m.

Higgovale

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Allan Gray Pension Preservation Fund

Private

Description Extent Location

Flat

82sq.m.

Gardens, Cape Town