Dr Wilmot Godfrey James

Formerly: National Assembly

Wilmot Godfrey James

About Wilmot Godfrey James

Dr James graduated the University of the Western Cape with a B.A. Honours (cum laude) and then went on to achieve an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A. At the beginning of his professional life he served the higher education sector in South Africa, the U.S.A. and the U.K. He has served as director of Sanlam, Media24 and the Africa Genome Education Institute, and is the chairperson of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Immigration Advisory Board of South Africa. After spending 12 years as a Trustee of the New York based Ford Foundation, Dr James entered public life during 2008 and was elected to Parliament on 22 April 2009. His areas of policy interests are education, immigration and science & technology. He resigned in June 2017.

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Attendance of committee meetings:

2017 committee attendance as mp

82% attendance rate (18 of 22 )

2016 committee attendance as mp

71% attendance rate (15 of 21 )

2015 committee attendance as mp

60% attendance rate (15 of 25 )

2014 committee attendance as mp

(From the start of the Fifth Parliament)

81% attendance rate (13 of 16 )

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.

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.

Dr W James (DA) said the health case for the levy was solid. The issue was whether the levy would ...

Dr W James (DA) thanked NDoH for the presentation. No country comes to mind which has un-health burden that can ...

Dr W James (DA), in his proposals sent through the Committee secretary, suggested a change in wording, to “the Committee ...

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.

What progress has been made in the evaluation of the capacity of the South African health security under the Global ...

How many (a) directors-general, (b) deputy directors-general, (c) chief directors and (d) directors were employed in each provincial department of ...

How many (a) directors-general, (b) deputy directors-general, (c) chief directors and (d) directors were employed in each provincial department of ...

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, on behalf of the DA, I hereby move without notice:

That the House -

1) notes that scientists at the California-based Scripps Research Institute have developed a genetically ...

Hon Deputy Speaker, I move without notice:

That the House -

1) notes the passing of American author, poet and human rights activist, Maya Angelou, on 28 May 2014;

2) ...

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.
Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature

R840

1 000

Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam]

Ordinary

R840

3 000

Ubuntu-Botha [Sanlam]

Ordinary

Details Of Benefits Trustee/Beneficiary Name Of Trusts

None

Trustee

Len Van Zyl Trust

None

Trustee

Cape Philharmonic Trust

Description Extent Location

Residence

660sq.m.

Claremont

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business

Len Van Zyl Trust

Music [Conducting]

Rowmoor

Inactive [In process of being deregistered]

Cape Philharmonic Endowment

Music

Source Description Value

Govet of Taiwan

Packet of tea; Tea vase; Pen; Tea set

R1 170

Govt of Taiwan

Flower vase

R200

Govt. of Taiwan

2 Framed pictures

R400

Description Extent Location

House

660sq.m.

Claremont

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature

R1 000

1 000

Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam]

Ordinary

R1 000

4 000

Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam]

Ordinary

Description Sponsor

Visit to Singapore [7-15 Sept. 2014]

Brenthurst Foundation

Visit to Taiwan - Dec. 2014

Govt of Taiwan

Trustee/Beneficiary Name Of Trusts

Trustee/Beneficiary

Forbes Family Trust

Trustee/Beneficiary

James Family Trust

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature

R800

1 000

Ubuntu-Botho [WC]

Ordinary

R800

6 142

Ubuntu-Botho [Gauteng]

Ordinary

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business

Len Van Zyl Trust

Conductor's Competition

James Family Trust

Family Trust

Tesso Trading

Science [Dormant]

Rowmoor Investments

Electricity [Dormant]

Cape Philharmonic Endowment

Music

Source Description Value

Taiwan Parliament

Pen

R250

Description Extent Location

Home

660sq.m.

Lynfrae

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature

R220 p/s

6 142

Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam]

Ordinary

R120 p/s

1 000

Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam]

Ordinary

Description Sponsor

Return trip JHB-Taipei - Official visit

Government of Taiwan

Return trip CPT-NYC-CPT to give lecture

Ford Foundation

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business

Len van Zyl Trust

Music - Conductor's Competition

James Family Trust

Family Trust

Tesso Trading 1056

Science [Dormant]

Rowmoor Investments

Electricity [Dormant]

Cape Philharmonic Endowment Trust

Music

Source Description Value

Gupta Family [not accepted]

Wedding Invitations

R1 000

Government of Taiwan

3 x Tea sets

+- R400 each = R1 200

Singapore Government

Box of tea

+-R150

Young President's Organisation

Pen[Sheaffer]

R1 000

Small Business Development PCDTI

2 x Baskets of goods

+-R400 each = R800

Description Extent Location

House

660sq.m.

Claremont

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature

R120 p/s

1 000

Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam]

Ordinary

R220 p/s

6 142

Ubuntu-Botho [Sanlam]

Ordinary

R12 000 p/s

90

Fynbos Holdings

Ordinary

Description Extent Location

Home

660sq.m.

Claremont

Plot

410sq.m.

Scarborough

Name of Whip Type of Business Approved Employer

A Watson

Non-profit Education

Yes

Africa Genome Ed. Institute

A Watson

Export

Yes

Grape Co. of Paarl

Source Description Value

SABS

Pen

R300

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business

Fynbos

Investment Holdings

African Cune

Export

Cape Philharmonic Endowment Trust

Endowment Trust Music

Sunland Fruit Export

Export

Grape Company

Export

Africa Genome Education

Non-profit Education

Len van Zyl Trust

Music [conducting]

James Family Trust

Family Trust

Fynbos SPV1

Holding

Tresso Trading 1056

Science [dormant]

Fynbos SPV2

Holdings

Fynbos Foundation

Non-profit Co. [Climate Change]

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature

R210 per share

1 000

Ubuntu-Botho[Sanlam]

Ordinary

R220 per share

6 142

Ubuntu-Botha [Sanlam]

Ordinary

R12 000 per share

204

Fynbos Media

Ordinary

Description Extent Location

Plot

410sq.m.

Scarborough

Home

660sq.m.

Claremont

Name of Whip Type of Business Approved Employer

IO Davidson

Export

Yes

Grape Co. of Paarl

IO Davidson

Non-profit Education

Yes

Africa Gnome Ed. Institute

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business

Fynbos

Investment Holdings

African Dune

Export

Sunland Fruit Export

Export

Grape Company

Export

Africa Genome Education

Non-profit Education

Len Van Zyl Trust

Music [Conducting]

Trust

Endowment Trust Music

James Family Trust

Family Trust

Fynbos SPV1

Holding

Tresso Trading 1056

Science [dormant]

Fynbos SPV2

Holdings

Fynbos Foundation

Non-profit Co. Climate Change

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature

R210ps

1,000

Ubuntu-Botho/Sanlam

Ordinary

R220ps

6,142

Ubuntu-Botho/Sanlam

Ordinary

R12,000ps

204

Fynbos Media

Ordinary

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business

Tresso Trading 1056

Science [Dormant]

Fynbos

Investment Holdings

African Dune

Export

Fynbos SPV2

Holdings

Sunland Fruit Export

Export

Grape Company

Export

Africa Genome Education

Non-profit Education

Len van Zyl Trust

Music [Conducting]

Cape Philharmonic Endowment Trust

Endowment Trust Music

Fynbos Foundation

Non-profit Co. Climate Change

James Family Trust

Family Trust

Fynbos SPV1

Holding

Description Extent Location

Plot

410sq.m.

Scarborough

Home

660sq.m.

Claremont