Ms Phumzile Thelma Van Damme

Formerly: National Assembly

Phumzile Thelma Van Damme

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About Phumzile Thelma Van Damme

Ms Van Damme majored in Political Science and Law at Rhodes University. She joined the DA as a political staffer a few months after the 2009 election and worked as a DA staffer both for the party and DA-run governments for five years largely in research and media. She is the former Head of Parliamentary Research and Communications for the DA. She was elected to Parliament in 2014 and, during this time, served as Shadow Minister of Communications.

Ms Van Damme resigned as a member of the National Assembly on the 20th of May 2021. She resigned from the Democratic Alliance on 26 June 2021.

For more information about this Member, please read about her in this blog post.

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What they said in committee meetings:

What are committee meetings?

Committee meetings are planned events where real-world impactful work happens such as law-making, oversight and public participation - which are all cornerstones of the work our MPs do. Although often citizens focus on the public debate taking place in main chambers, the majority of MPs' time is spent working within committees. Here is a place to see what your committee is saying.

Ms P Van Damme (DA) agreed that the DA did not agree to these alternate TV licence fees when considering ...

Ms P van Damme (DA) stated that it was comforting to hear that the SABC could be breaking even in ...

Ms P Van Damme (DA) said there were reports of some community radio stations and media, discriminately promoting specific political ...

Questions asked to ministers:

What are questions asked to ministers?

Written questions and feedback are essential tools used by MPs for oversight and hold the executive accountable. This oversight mechanism allows MPs’ to extract detailed information that would normally be difficult to comprehend through oral engagement. You can see the questions that your MPs are asking here.

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entities reporting to her sponsored any events over the past two financial years; ...

Whether her department awarded any tenders to any non-South African companies (a) in the past three financial years and (b) ...

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entities reporting to her sponsored any non-governmental organisations in the past two financial ...

Plenary appearances:

What are plenary appearances?

Plenary sessions are forums that have been created for the purpose of public debate and decision-making. This mechanism is used to convey the messages of our MPs within main chambers on important decisions, like how they vote.

Deputy Speaker ...


10 Jul 2019

Hey, she said so. Princess Stella's attitude was unfortunately not limited to the red carpet. It became patently clear that the Minister thought herself to be a fairytale princess to ...

Declaration of interests

What are declaration of interests?

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.
Value of Contract Period of Contract Details of Contract and Management thereof Name of State Entity


Type of Business Activity Directorship/Partnership in any Corporate Body


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Description of Journey Sponsor

Study Tour on Disinformation

Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Description of Benefit Source

Lounge Access and Platinum Travel Card


Extent Description of Assistance/Sponsorship Source of Sponsorship


Type of Business Name of Employer


Value of any Benefits derived Name of Organisation Type of Business Activity


Name of Trust Trustee/Beneficiary Registration Number Details of all benefits derived


Description of Journey Sponsor

Gathering of CEO’s and Public Figures. Value:unknown

Deloitte CEO kikao

Description Sponsor

High Level Visit to Germany for Election Day

German Government

Study tour to Brussels and the Hague to learn about the ICC

Friedrich Naumann Foundation


Avicenna Academy of Leadership

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Study Tour on ICC to Netherlands and Belgium

Friedrich Naumann Foundation


British Airways

SAA (Airways)

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Capoe Town Jazz Festival [1 day pass]


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Dialogue Forum: Emerging Markets to represent the DA Forum held in Beunos Aires, Argentina

Friedrich Naumann Stiftung