Dr Michael John Cardo

National Assembly

Michael John Cardo

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)

2020 committee attendance as mp

85% attendance rate

Attended 17 meetings out of 20

2019 committee attendance as mp

95% attendance rate

Attended 18 meetings out of 19

2018 committee attendance as mp

96% attendance rate

Attended 25 meetings out of 26

2017 committee attendance as mp

53% attendance rate

Attended 9 meetings out of 17

2016 committee attendance as mp

95% attendance rate

Attended 19 meetings out of 20

2015 committee attendance as mp

90% attendance rate

Attended 19 meetings out of 21

2014 committee attendance as mp

(From the start of the Fifth Parliament)

85% attendance rate

Attended 11 meetings out of 13

  • Attendance records reflect Committee not Plenary Attendance
  • Minister/Deputy Minister attendance is not compulsory.
  • MP attendance is compulsory unless an apology is given
  • MPs are recorded as absent whether they have, or have not submitted apologies.
  • This is not the official committee attendance record of Parliament.
  • Plenary Attendance is not made public by Parliament although it has been requested.

Recent meetings attended

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Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2018 [Source]

TRAVEL

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

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2017 [Source]

TRAVEL

Description Sponsor
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

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2016 [Source]

PENSIONS

Source Public/Private
Allan Gray Pension Preservation /RA Balanced Fund Private

TRAVEL

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

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Flat 82sq.m. Higgovale

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2015 [Source]

PENSIONS

Source Public/Private
Allan Gray Pension Preservation Fund Private

TRAVEL

Description Sponsor
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

BENEFITS

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

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Apartment 82sq.m. Higgovale

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2014 [Source]

PENSIONS

Source Public/Private
Allan Gray Pension Preservation Fund Private

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Flat 82sq.m. Gardens, Cape Town

Committee appearances

  • DEL Budget: Committee Report 15 Jul 2020

    The Chairperson asks for any seconder for this proposal and Dr M Cardo (DA) seconds this proposal.
  • DEL on Adjusted Budget & Revised Annual Performance Plan 8 Jul 2020

    Dr M Cardo (DA) asked about the inconsistent reduction of CoE across the programmes. When looking at Programme 1 (Administration), the CoE was going to be reduced by 1.1%, but under Programme 2 (IES), there was a 7.2% reduction, under Programme 3 (PES) there was a 9.3 ...
  • Fraudulent claims allegedly submitted to UIF: Department briefing 3 Jul 2020

    Dr M Cardo (DA) said the website showed that June applications had been opened online, but it was not possible to get into the system. It had merely been a message indicating that June applications were now open. What was the reason for the delay with June applications being opened ...
  • Employment and Labour Budget: Committee Report 29 May 2020

    The Chairperson said the Committee Secretary received submissions from Dr M Cardo (DA), Mr M Nontsele (ANC), and Mr S Mdabe (ANC). Mr M Bagraim (DA) also submitted comments on the day. The Chairperson said the Committee will go straight to the recommendations.
  • Employment and Labour Budget: Committee Report 26 May 2020

    Dr M Cardo (DA) proposed an observation on point 6.1.1, that the Department of Employment and Labour was constituted in 2019, after previously being the Department of Labour. Its new expanded mandate included a focus on job creation. It was not entirely clear how the employment focus was ...

All Committee Appearances

Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture 16 Jul 2020

    What number of applications has his Department (a) received and (b) approved for the (i) removal and/or (ii) relocation of a statue since the enactment of the National Heritage Resources Act, No 25 of 1999, on 28 April 1999. (NO 1726E)
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 26 Jun 2020

    What (a) amount has the Unemployment Insurance Fund paid to a certain social enterprise (name furnished) since 26 March 2020 and (b) services has the specified enterprise rendered?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 19 Jun 2020

    What number of foreign national workers had their (a) applications submitted by their companies for their April wages to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)’s Covid19 TERS benefit and (b) April benefit approved and processed by the UIF by 15 May 2020?

All Questions and Answers

Plenary appearances

  • WEDNESDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2019 4 Dec 2019

    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 problem is over- regulation and rigid labour legislation.

  • CONSIDERATION OF BUDGETARY REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR 12 Nov 2019

    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 Africa's unemployment crisis.

    In 1994, there were 3,6 million unemployed South Africans. In 2019, the number is over 10 million ...

All Plenary Appearances