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)

2021 committee attendance as mp

93% attendance rate

Attended 14 meetings out of 15

2020 committee attendance as mp

91% attendance rate

Attended 29 meetings out of 32

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

83% attendance rate

Attended 10 meetings out of 12

2014 committee attendance as mp

(From the start of the Fifth Parliament)

60% attendance rate

Attended 3 meetings out of 5

Attendance Methodology

Recent meetings attended

All 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

  • Employment Equity Amendment Bill: public hearings day 2 14 Apr 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) asked what the main inconsistencies were in the standard industrial qualification. He asked for broad or general inconsistencies. What additional regulatory burden would the setting of individual targets place on med-tech companies?
  • Employment Equity Amendment Bill: public hearings day 1 13 Apr 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) welcomed the submission. He asked why the timing of the Bill is a problem and if there is a better time to introduce the Bill considering the economic crisis in the country. He asked how Sakeliga reacted to criticism against the private sector.
  • Employment Equity A/B & Compensation for Occupational Injuries And Diseases A/B Bill: summary on submissions received 10 Mar 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) asked when the Chairperson thought they would begin processing the Bills. He sees that Parliament is due to rise at the end of next week which is during the constituency period. He wanted to know if the Chairperson has an idea of when the Bills will ...
  • Impact of SONA & Budget as they relate to Department 5 Mar 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) asked the Minister about the labour migration policy which will soon be brought before Cabinet. He said there is an indication government is opposed to foreign nationals being employed in certain high skill jobs, such as in the restaurant industry, and in transport. He wanted to ...
  • National Minimum Wage Regulations & Development: DEL briefing 24 Feb 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) asked how the Department can say with absolute certainty the NMW will not lead to job losses. Before the NMW was introduced 750 000 job losses were estimated and, also over 1.4 million people lost jobs between the fourth quarter of 2019, and fourth quarter of ...

All Committee Appearances

Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 8 Apr 2021

    In light of the millions of discouraged job seekers in the Republic, what active steps is his department taking to address the issue of South Africans of working age who are discouraged from looking for work?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 26 Mar 2021

    With reference to his department’s latest Estimates of National Expenditure (details furnished), (a) why does the estimated number of personnel exceed the number of 2987 funded posts within the department in every single fiscal year?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 26 Mar 2021

    What (a) total number of claims submitted to the Compensation Fund arose from injuries incurred during the journey to and from the workplace in the past five financial years and (b) proportion of overall claims did these claims constitute in each specified financial year?

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