Ms Phumzile Thelma Van Damme

National Assembly

Phumzile Thelma Van Damme

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

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2020 committee attendance as mp

95% attendance rate

Attended 40 meetings out of 42

2019 committee attendance as mp

62% attendance rate

Attended 13 meetings out of 21

2018 committee attendance as mp

81% attendance rate

Attended 22 meetings out of 27

2017 committee attendance as mp

69% attendance rate

Attended 34 meetings out of 49

2016 committee attendance as mp

74% attendance rate

Attended 32 meetings out of 43

2015 committee attendance as mp

57% attendance rate

Attended 13 meetings out of 23

2014 committee attendance as mp

(From the start of the Fifth Parliament)

88% attendance rate

Attended 7 meetings out of 8

  • 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.

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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Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2018 [Source]


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

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2017 [Source]


Description Sponsor
Study Tour on ICC to Netherlands and Belgium Friedrich Naumann Foundation


British Airways
SAA (Airways)

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2016 [Source]


Source Description Value
SAB Capoe Town Jazz Festival [1 day pass] Unknown

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2015 [Source]


Description Sponsor
Dialogue Forum: Emerging Markets to represent the DA Forum held in Beunos Aires, Argentina Friedrich Naumann Stiftung

Committee appearances

All Committee Appearances


  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 17 Sep 2020

    (1)   What (a) is the total number of cases that were investigated by the forensic unit of the SA Broadcasting Corporation in the past two financial years up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) are the amounts involved in each case and (c) number of ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 17 Sep 2020

    (1)What are the relevant details of each official credit card issued to any staff member employed by any entity reporting to her; (2) in respect of each specified credit card, (a) what is the (i) name and (ii) organogram position of the user, (iii) maximum permissible value of each ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 17 Sep 2020

    (1) What has she found to be the reason why a certain person (name and details furnished) decided to take legal action against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for unfair dismissal; (2) whether the legal process has been finalised; if not, why not; if so, what was the outcome of ...

All Questions and Answers

Plenary appearances


    Deputy Speaker ...

  • WRC19. 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 whom all must bow.

    Her approach and treatment of the SA Broadcasting Corporation, SABC, is indeed of one who ...

All Plenary Appearances