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 is currently serve as the DA Shadow Minister of Communications.

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2018 committee attendance as mp

81% attendance rate

Attended 22 meetings out of 27

2017 committee attendance as mp

71% attendance rate

Attended 34 meetings out of 48

2016 committee attendance as mp

73% attendance rate

Attended 29 meetings out of 40

2015 committee attendance as mp

58% attendance rate

Attended 14 meetings out of 24

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 2017 [Source]


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


British Airways
SAA (Airways)

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2016 [Source]


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

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2015 [Source]


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

Committee appearances

  • SABC investigation: SIU briefing; SABC Board progress on section 189 of Labour Relations Act 27 Nov 2018

    Ms P van Damme (DA) said that Members should be allowed to ask questions. She did not like restrictions being placed on Members by Members themselves.
  • SABC Board appointments: discussion 21 Nov 2018

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) said she had no issue with re-advertising, especially if those that resigned were males. She proposed a date should be set for January 2019 for interviews and it should not be moved because members were busy with party work for elections.
  • SABC Board on implementation of section 189 of Labour Relations Act 13 Nov 2018

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) said that she did not understand why Parliament had reduced the hours of Committee meetings. She was worried that the Committee would not have adequate time to engage with the SABC Board. As such, she proposed that the Board should go straight to the important ...
  • Communications Budgetary Review & Recommendations Report 6 Nov 2018

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) referred to the recommendation that there should be a comparative study of other broadcasters in terms of a suitable funding model for the SABC. This was a recommendation of the Committee as part of its inquiry into the SABC and the committee was required to ...
  • Sports Broadcasting Regulations: ICASA briefing 23 Oct 2018

    Ms P van Damme (DA) said the law governing broadcasting services was the Electronic Communications Act, and section 61 said subscription broadcasting services may not acquire exclusive rights to prevent or hinder the broadcast of national sporting events. DSTV was not allowed to get exclusive rights over national sporting events ...

All Committee Appearances


  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 23 Apr 2018

    What are the relevant details of the campaigns that BrandSA will run in the first two quarters of the 2018-19 financial year, (b) where will the campaigns be run, (c) what number of persons will be reached and (d) what is the estimated budget in each case?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 23 Apr 2018

    Whether BrandSA conducted any studies to determine the impact of the new visa regulations on the country’s tourism; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) findings?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 12 Mar 2018

    (a) What total amount was spent on each event organised around her department’s 2017 budget vote speech, (b) from which budget was the money sourced, (c) what amount was spent on (i) food and refreshments, (ii) venue, (iii) entertainment, (iv) staff and (v) transport and (d) how many persons ...

All Questions and Answers

Plenary appearances


    Hon Chairperson, directly after the disruptions during the state of the nation address, Sona, several ANC Cabinet members were apoplectic about the disruptions that took place in this august House.

    Most notably, the Minister in the Presidency told the world that the disruptions were disappointing, an embarrassment to the nation ...

  • Appropriation Bill 16 Jul 2014

    Hon Chairperson, hon Minister, hon Deputy Minister, members of this House, firstly, on behalf of the DA, I would like to wish all those injured on the SA Airways flight to Hong Kong a speedy recovery. We hope that the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, Dirco, is providing all ...

All Plenary Appearances