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Meet our National Leaders
Helen Zille   LEADER OF THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE

Helen was born in Johannesburg and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Witwatersrand

Prior to entering politics, Helen Zille made a name for herself during the apartheid era as a political journalist, working for the Rand Daily Mail, South Africa’s leading liberal newspaper.

Working there, she emerged as a leading anti-apartheid critic, famously exposing the circumstances behind Steve Biko’s death in police custody in 1977.

She became involved in various NGOs and organizations, including the Open Society Foundation, the Independent Media Diversity Trust, and the Black Sash.

She joined the former Democratic Party in the mid 1990s, where she was asked to reformulate the party’s education policy and stand as a candidate on its election list for the Western Cape legislature. She also acted as Technical Adviser to the party at CODESA in the early 1990s. Helen was elected to the provincial parliament in the 1999 general election and appointed MEC for education.

She served as MEC under the newly formed Democratic Alliance until 2001, and then as Leader of the Opposition in the Provincial Legislature until she was elected to the National Assembly in 2004.

As a Member of Parliament she served on the Portfolio Committee on Education, and was the Democratic Alliance’s National Spokesperson.

In May 2006, Helen was elected mayor of Cape Town and in 2007 she was elected Leader of the Democratic Alliance.

On 14 October 2008, Helen was awarded the 2008 World Mayor award by City Mayors, an international urban-affairs think tank.

After winning the Western Cape province in the 2009 general election, the Democratic Alliance appointed Zille Premier of the Western Cape.
Dr Wilmot James   DA Federal Chairperson

Dr Wilmot James attended and matriculated from Athlone High School in the Western Cape.

He then graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a B.A. Honours (cum laude), before further achieving a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

Dr James spent most of his early professional life serving in the higher education sector in South Africa, the U.S.A. and the U.K.

Throughout his early career Dr James was involved in public policy work specialising in immigration and electoral reform.

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 constituency is Mitchells Plain.

Dr James lives in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town and is actively involved in school biology education and particularly enjoys working with teachers.

Education is his passion, and Dr James cares deeply about empowering this country's young people so that they can have hope and a prosperous future in South Africa.

Dr James is married to Delysia Forbes, and they have two daughters Gabriele (17) and Isabella (7).

He maintains his health by climbing Table Mountain weekly and his mood by listening to opera and classical music.

Dr Wilmot James serves the DA as Shadow Minister of Higher Education & Training.

His areas of policy interests are education, immigration and science & technology.
Lindiwe Mazibuko   Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance

Lindiwe was born in Swaziland, raised in Durban. Went to school at St Mary's DSG in Kloof, where she matriculated in 1997. From there she went on to the University of KwaZulu-Natal to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree, but decided to pursue other interests after a year as she did not find the course challenging.

She travelled to Europe and spent a few years there before returning to South Africa to complete her studies, this time at UCT, where she obtained a BA (French, Classics, Media & Writing) in 2006 and a BA Honours (Political Communication) degree in 2007.

Lindiwe first got involved with the DA when she chose Helen Zille as the subject for her honours dissertation. In order to complete her dissertation, she spent some time doing research both into her tenure as Mayor of Cape Town and DA Leader, and into the party's policies and programmes of action which she discovered were very much in sync with her own ideologies and political vision for this country.

Despite her studies, she had never been actively involved in politics, but had always had a passionate interest in every area of political life, particularly in South Africa and soon after completing her post-graduate degree she got a job as a parliamentary researcher for the DA.

She saw this as an opportunity to put her words and thoughts into action by "rolling up my sleeves" as she puts it. She found her involvement in the political process exhilarating and after a year as a researcher, was appointed the party's national media officer.

Lindiwe decided to stand for public office in 2008 and was elected to Parliament in 2009, where she is the DA's National Spokesperson and the Shadow Deputy Minister of Communications.

Her constituency is North Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, and says she is utterly committed to politics and is grateful to have the privilege of being able to live her passion.

Aside from her interest in politics, she is an avid reader and likes to watch Black Adder re-runs to relax.
Mmusi Maimane   DA National Spokesperson

Mmusi Maimane is a young and talented individual, committed to and exemplifying the values and principles which define the DA’s vision of an Open Opportunity Society for All.

Mmusi grew up in Soweto, and has lived there most of his life. Through sacrifice, hard work, and a desire to use every opportunity afforded him, he has been building an impressive career in business and has dedicated himself to community work in various ways.

Mmusi is a business consultant and trainer with a number of firms in South Africa and internationally. He also lectures at the GIBS Business Institute.

In addition, he is a philanthropist and chairs a number of NGO boards. The foundations he is involved with are primarily focused on HIV/AIDS and rural and youth development.

Mmusi has quickly established himself as a strong emerging leader in the DA. He holds a masters degree in theology, is studying towards a second masters degree in public administration and speaks 7 South African languages fluently.

Mmusi is married and has one daughter.
Ian Davidson   Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance

Ian was born and bred in Johannesburg, which he says is a city with a hustle and bustle that appeals to him and is a city that he is proud to call home. His primary school education was at Parkview and he then went on to matriculate at Parktown Boys High.

After school, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in law and political science at the University of the Witwatersrand and then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Law. Recently he completed a Master of Law in International Trade Law at Stellenbosch University.

After having completed his first law degree and having done his articles he went into merchant banking and, after three years of learning about the financial world, he was approached by a large stock broking firm at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  This was his vocation for the next 12 years and, after writing the Members exam, he was admitted as a stockbroker and became a Director of the company and Head of the Corporate Finance Department.

His political activism started at university where he came face to face with the harsh inequity of the Apartheid system.  Determined to make his contribution to end that regime, Ian joined the then-Progressive Party and involved himself fully in its activities.

He worked his way up the ladder in the party and its successors and was elected to the Johannesburg City Council in 1982.  Soon after being elected leader of the opposition in the Council, the Democratic Party took power, and he became the Chairman of the Management Committee, a position he held for 5 years, which he describes as a rich, exciting and fulfilling experience.

With the dawn of democracy in 1994, he became a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and, in 1999, a Member of Parliament, where he has been spokesperson on Minerals and Energy Affairs, Public Enterprises and Finance.

With Helen Zille’s assumption of the leadership of the party, Ian became Chief Whip.

He has also served as Provincial Leader of Gauteng and is currently on the Federal Executive and National Management Committee of the party.

His constituency is an area encompassing the north western suburbs of Johannesburg – ranging from Westcliff to Northcliff to the Krugersdorp ridge in the west and Honeydew in the far north.
Dion George   Chairperson of DA Federal Finance Committee

Dion was born in Durban and moved to Vanderbijlpark at a young age, where he completed high school.  At 17, he went to Wits University and has lived in Johannesburg ever since. After completing his undergraduate degree and compulsory national service, he entered the financial services industry where he built his career. During this time, he was a vigorous community activist and this prompted what he describes as his other career, politics.

Dion holds BA (Hons), MBA (Wits) and DBL (Economics) degrees and an Advanced Certificate in Municipal Governance. His MBA research report entitled "Investment choice for individual members of retirement funds" received the Investec Securities Prize for the Best Research in the field of Investments.

He joined the Democratic Party in 1995 and, in 2005, was elected chairman of the DA branch in Sandown, Sandton. After the 2006 municipal elections, he served the City of Johannesburg as a PR councillor on various committees, including housing, finance and economic development and municipal accounts. In January 2008, he took his seat in parliament where he serves on the Portfolio Committee on Finance and as political head of the Sandton North and Midrand Constituency. He says the primary focus in his constituency as ensuring on-going service delivery and maintenance with orderly urban planning and development.

On his re-election to Parliament in 2009 he was appointed as the Shadow Minister of Finance.
Natasha Michael   Deputy Chairperson of DA Federal Council

Natasha started her political career in the Democratic Party in 1997 when she became Chairperson of the DP Youth branch at the University of Pretoria.  She was then elected as the DP National Federal Youth Leader in 1998.

In 2000 following the formation of Democratic Alliance, Natasha was elected as the DA National Youth Leader.  In the same year, Natasha became a Councilor in the Tshwane Metro Council in Pretoria.  In 2003 she became the Chief Whip of her caucus, a position she held untill 2009 when she was elected to the National Assembly in Parliament.

Natasha has held various positions in the DA which include: Deputy Chairperson of the DA Gauteng Province; Chairperson of the DA Gauteng Disciplinary Committee; Member of the DA Federal Legal Commission and Member of the DA Gauteng North Regional Executive Committee.  Natasha is the Constituency Head of the Centurion constituency in Pretoria.

Natasha has a legal background and is presently completing an LLB.  She completed her articles at a firm specialising in Intellectual Property and Constitutional Law.  While studying Law, Natasha also completed courses in Political Science and studied Classical music and Opera part-time with The Lorraine Haverman School of Music.

Natasha is the child of immigrant parents, her Mother is from London, England and her father is from Naples, Italy.  Natasha however was born in Pretoria and is proudly South African!

Natasha lives in Pretoria with her husband Clyde and has no children.  Natasha is a great animal lover and has two Basset Hounds.

Natasha is the Shadow Deputy Minister of Justice & Constitutional Deveopment.
Anchen Dreyer   Deputy Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance

Anchen grew up in what used to be the Transvaal, first in the small town of Brits where she attended primary school, and then Voortrekkerhoogte where she matriculated. After a year at Tukkies, she moved to Joburg, where she has lived ever since, and completed her studies at RAU (Rand Afrikaans University).  Her great grandfather Louw Geldenhuys was a city councillor and an MP.

Education
Anchen obtained a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from RAU, worked in two different hospitals before she started her own private practice in Melville.  She now considers herself a retired clinical psychologist and a full-time politician.

Political history
She started her political life as a volunteer for the old PFP in 1978, and then became a ward councillor in the City of Johannesburg in 1991.  In 1999 she was elected to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature for the then-DP, and in 2005 became a DA Member of Parliament. Her constituency is the Mogale City municipal area.  With Krugersdorp as its capital, it also includes the village of Magaliesburg, surrounding farms and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. She says that some of the challenges facing the DA in Krugersdorp include rural safety and, recently, school violence.

In her previous term in Parliament, Anchen served as the DA spokesperson on Labour. On her re-election to Parliament in 2009, she was appointed as the Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration. She has also served the party as a whip since 2005.
Dianne Kohler Barnard   Deputy Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance

Born in Port Elizabeth, Dianne Kohler Barnard has 23 year’s experience as a radio and print journalist and has travelled the world extensively.  She has lived in both the United States and the United Kingdom, but chose finally to settle back in the land of her birth.

Working for the SABC, she ran the KwaZulu-Natal offices of the English language Public Broadcaster, SAfm radio. In addition to management, she both presented and produced numerous programmes.

From 2001, she took on the role of Chairperson of BEMAWU-KZN (Broadcast, Electronic Media and Allied Workers’ Union), dealing with any and all labour issues of SABC-KZN BEMAWU members, as well as East Coast Radio members.

Within the SABC, she was also a founder member of the inaugural SABC HIV/Aids Committee – and responsible for formulating much of the SABC HIV/Aids policy document.  She was also on the Gender Committee, the Security Task Force, and the Regional Management Committee.

Once political interference in the broadcasting of her programmes by the ANC government began to resemble similar tactics by the National Party at the SABC in the ‘80s, she elected to go into politics, and joined the DA, where she was elected to Parliament in 2004.

She began her career as an MP as the Spokesperson on Arts and Culture, and quickly progressed to the position of spokesperson for Health. She became outspoken in her support for the distribution of Antiretrovirals as the only proven means to deal with the Aids pandemic, as well as her condemnation of the myriad charlatans who produce fake “cures” for the deadly virus.

Kohler Barnard has also been the DA’s representative on the SADC observer mission to Zimbabwe for the last two elections in that country.

She went on to take over the most challenging portfolio in the country, namely Safety and Security.  She says that crime, and what it’s doing to South Africa and her citizens, is her focus for the future.

On her re-election to Parliament in 2009, she was appointed as Shadow Minister of Police.
Ivan Meyer   Deputy Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance

Dr Ivan Meyer was born in Kulis River in 1962 and attended Weston High School in Vredenburg. He received his BA from the University of the Western Cape and earned his MA and PhD in Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch. When Meyer was elected, he was a senior lecturer in Public Policy and Local Governance at the University of
Stellenbosch. Prior to this he worked as the Chief Director: Provincial Training in the Directorate: Corporate Services of the Provincial Government. He has published numerous works including a
dictionary on public administration. Meyer lives with his wife, Faeza, in Belhar, and their son. He says his first act as MEC would be to “meet with
top management to be briefed of the activities undertaken by the department. Dr Meyer is fluent in Afrikaans, English, and German.

Dr Meyer currently serves as Minister of Social Development in the Western Cape Provincial Government
Sizwe Wiseman Mchunu   DA Leader in KwaZulu-Natal                                                 KwaZulu-Natal

Sizwe was born on 10 October 1978 and, after completing matric at Zibukezulu Technical High School in Imbali (Pietermaritzburg), then did a B.Sc Science Foundation course through the then-University of Natal.

During his first term as a City Councillor (2000) Sizwe obtained a National Certificate in Local Government and Project Management and is currently pursuing a National Diploma in Local Government and Municipal Finance. Within this period, he also participated in and successfully completed all leadership courses offered by both the Association of Democratic Alliance Councillors (ADAC) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). He has successfully completed a course on DA elections and by-elections management, through the DA Leadership Academy. Indeed, he was also awarded by both the DA and the DA Leadership Academy a top Graduate award in “former ANC strongholds” - written and practical.

Sizwe’s community involvement history dates back for quite some time, and he has served in a number of community structures and youth structures. He has served two  consecutive terms as a DA PR Councillor in Msunduzi Municipality. In his previous term he served in various portfolios and sub-committees of the council e.g. DA’s leader and spokesperson on Housing & Community Services portfolio committee, IEC’s Party Liaison Committee (IEC -PLC), Msunduzi Municipal Youth Unit. It is within this term in 2003 that he was awarded a councillor of the year award by the DA and held a position as DA’s Chief Whip during the 2002, 2003 and 2004 sitting of the KZN Youth Parliament. Sizwe has really emerged within the structures of the DA. He was later elected to serve as  DA Caucus Leader in uMgungundlovu District Municipality and a member of EXCO.

The other leadership positions he has held within the DA include Provincial DA Youth Chairperson, Regional Vice Chairperson (DA Midlands), National Media & Communications Officer (DPY), DA Chief Whip in Msunduzi Municipality, DA KZN Provincial Vice Chairperson, KZN DA Chairperson of Development, KZN DA Spokesperson on Youth, Member of National Council – ADAC.

After serving two consecutive terms as Provincial Vice chairperson of the DA in KZN, Sizwe was still re-elected to the position of Constituency Chairperson of the Midlands Constituency for the second consecutive term. He has been elected for two terms to the position Deputy leader of the DA in KwaZulu Natal and he was first elected to KwaZulu Natal Legislature in 2009.

Sizwe strongly believe that a successful country is a country where all its citizen afforded equal opportunities to prosper and where everyone has a right to freely choose a political party and to freely campaign for the party of his choice.
Athol Trollip   DA Leader in the Eastern Cape                                                                             Eastern Cape

Born and bred in Bedford in the Eastern Cape, Athol was deputy head boy and captained the rugby, swimming, water polo and surf lifesaving 1st teams at high school. For 20 years, he farmed his family farm in Bedford, was Chairman of the Farmers Association, Chairman of the Bedford Club, committee member of various sporting associations, executive member of the Eastern Province Agricultural Union and the “Smaldeel” Soil Conservation Committee. His community bestowed an honorary life membership for the Bedford Club and Farmer’s Association on him.

Athol was elected Executive Councillor: Amathole District Municipality in 1995. In 1999, he was elected to the Legislature and re-elected in 2004. He served Leader of the DA Caucus and Leader of the Official Opposition in the Eastern Cape before his election to Parliamenht in 2009.

Within the Party, he has held various positions including DP Provincial Chairperson in 1998 and DA Provincial Leader since 2002. He has served on the Federal Council and Federal Executive since 1998 and 2002 respectively.

Coming from a political family, with his grandfather being a MP for the United Party, and his father a Divisional Councillor, Athol is motivated by community and public service and is accustomed to leadership responsibility. As Eastern Cape leader, he led a Province that was recognised by the 2004 Federal Congress for its efforts and received the Province of the Year award. His ability to communicate in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa is a valuable asset.
Roy Jankielsohn   DA Leader in the Free State                                                                                Free State

Roy grew up on a farm between Steynsrus and Kroonstad in the Free State province, where he was the youngest of six children. He spent seven years in boarding school at Queens College in Queenstown and completed the final 2 years of his schooling at Kroonstad High School.

He did two years national service in the Armoured Corps and then went on to study at the University of the Free State (UFS). He completed a Masters degree in Political Science in 1994 and an Honours degree in English in 1996.

He also lectured political science at the UFS for seven years until he started a career in politics in 2000. He was awarded the World Bank Robert S. MacNamara Fellowship in 1998, along with 15 other scholars from across the globe, to carry out a year of research in South Africa and, during 1999, he also completed a six week course on American Government and Politics at the University of Southern Illinois. He also attended a course at the Naval Post Graduate School on Civil-Military relations in 2001.

Roy began his political career as a member of parliament for the Democratic Party in 2000. He served on various parliamentary committees and was spokesperson on both Safety and Security and Defence. He served as parliamentary counsellor to leader of the opposition Tony Leon in 2001, and was elected as DA chairperson for the Free State in 2004. In 2006, he moved to the Free State Provincial Legislature after being elected as provincial leader. He was re-elected as leader in 2008.

Roy married his wife Astrid in 1996 and they have a son, Tristan, who was born in 2002. They live on a farm in Bethlehem where they both enjoy outdoor activities and spend the little time together as a family that politics allows on various activities on the farm. He has a keen interest in military affairs and is still a member of the citizen force, where he holds the rank of captain.
Andrew Louw   DA Leader in the Northern Cape                                                                     Northern Cape

Andrew was elected provincial leader in 2009
Janet Semple   DA Leader in the Gauteng                                                                                          Gauteng

Janet has a background of study and experience in co-operative social organisation, government and people-centred management.

    BA Languages and Social Sciences, University of Witwatersrand 1975
    Certificates in Local Government and Provincial Law, and Development Economics UNISA
    Diploma in Public Finance, University of Western Cape

Janet is vastly experienced in community organisations, our party and its predecessors and as a public representative.

AS A LEADER

    Federal-Leader of the DA Women’s Network (DAWN)
    Regional Chair and Deputy Chair of Gauteng East
    Deputy chairperson DA Parliamentary Caucus 2005-2009
    Deputy mayor of Bedfordview

AS A PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

    A town councillor in Bedfordview and the Greater Germiston Council
    Only DP-ward councillor elected in Gauteng East (now Ekurhuleni) 1996
    A Member of Parliament for ten years

AS A PARTY MEMBER

    A member of the party since 1974
    A member of the DA Federal Council for ten years
    Represented DAWN on Federal Executive of DA

AS A COMMUNITY WORKER

    Member of Women for Peace (WFP), member of WFP executive, national co-chairperson, represented WFP at Women’s National Coalition
    President of Bedfordview International Training in Communication (ITC)
    Member of Board of Governors, St Mary’s DSG, Pretoria 2004-2007
    Member of board, Chubby Chums for the Children 2008-present
    Member of Checkers Women’s Advisory Group (WAG) 2008-present
Desiree van der Walt   DA Leader in the Limpopo                                                                           Limpopo

Desiree was born in Polokwane (then Pietersburg), Limpopo. Her school career started in Potchefstroom, but she matriculated at Klerksdorp Hoerskool.

After school, Desiree entered the corporate world by joining a banking institution for nine years.

In 1987, she fulfilled a dream and started her first business.  She stayed active in the business world till late in the 1990s and was a founder member of the  Pretoria Afrikaanse Sakevroueklub and the Nasionale Raad vir Sakevroue during that time.

She has always been active in various community forums.

During 1995, Desiree was asked by stakeholders from her community to stand as ward councillor in Roodepoort in the Local Government elections of that year.


She served from 1995 to 2000 simultaneously on the Roodepoort City Council and the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council.  During this period She held various positions in the Party and was the deputy chairperson of the Housing committee in the Roodepoort City Council.

At the end of 2000, Desiree and her family moved to a farm in Tzaneen and she again served as a ward councillor for the DA from 2000 till 2004 when she was elected to Parliament as the number one candidate from Limpopo.

Currently, Desiree is the DA spokesperson on Arts & Culture, as well as deputy spokesperson on Education and Water Affairs & Forestry.

Her constituency covers nine towns in Limpopo: Tzaneen,  Giyani, Polokwane, Mookgopong, Bela Bela, Thabazimbi and Lephalale
 
Anthony Benadie   DA Leader in the Mpumalanga                                                                   Mpumalanga

Anthony was born in Witbank, Mpumalanga in 1979. He was raised in a coal mining environment and relocated permanently to Middelburg in 1993. He is an academic and career politician. He managed the family business for four years, during which time he was involved in the DA through academic involvement and party politics. He lectured on Public Administration for two years, before entering a career of full-time politics.

Anthony was educated in a mining village primary school and he matriculated with university exemption from Steelcrest High School in 1997. From 1998 - 2000 he completed an undergraduate degree in B. Admin International Relations at the University of Pretoria, where he first entered politics with then DP. In 2001 and 2002, he completed an Honours degree in Public Administration with UNISA.

Having studied politics for five years, he was initially very actively involved in the youth of the party in the Gauteng North region of the DP. When the DA was formed in 2000, he stood for election to the Middelburg Town Council in his home town of Middelburg. He was elected to the Middelburg Town Council in the December 2000 municipal elections, at the age of 20.

He became intensely involved with the affairs of the party and was the Provincial Chairperson of ADAC for two years, until his election to the Provincial Legislature in 2004. Serving as the Chief Whip of the Opposition at the time, he served on all the social cluster portfolio committees. In July 2007, he was elected as the Provincial Leader of Mpumalanga at the provincial congress held in Nelspruit.

As a member of the Legislature, his constituencies include the Steve Tshwete (Middelburg) municipalities, Albert Luthuli (Carolina) and Emakhazeni  Municipaltiy (Belfast / Dullstroom / Watervalboven).

As the Leader of the DA in Mpumalanga, he works intensely in all constituencies in the province, where he sincerely believes that, by 2011, the DA will be part of the government in at least one municipality.

He says that the DA in Mpumalanga continues to be an active and ever present part of the lives of citizens, striving to deliver an exceptional service to all members, voters and citizens.
Chris Hattingh   DA Leader in the North West                                                                                  North West

Chris grew up in Potchefstroom and describes his childhood as a carefree time when, from a young age, he attended school from  the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture, where he recalls being transported to school in a coach drawn by massive Clydesdale horses

After completing his school career at the Potchefstroom Gymnasium he did basic military training at the 4th Field Regiment and the School of Artillery. He served as a Citizen Force officer in various positions in the Regiment Potchefstroom University and finally for seven years as the commanding officer.

He started practising as a community pharmacist in Potchefstroom after obtaining a B.Sc. (Pharm) degree at the Potchefstroom University – a career he pursued until 1999.

He became a city councillor in the Potchefstroom City Council in 1988 as an independent candidate, and successfully contested the 1995 elections on the same basis. In 1998 he joined the Democratic Party and became the first DP public representative in the North West Province. After being elected as Leader at the first DP provincial congress in 1999, he was elected to the North West Provincial Legislature during the same year and was re-elected as MPL in 2004. He serves on several committees, including the Rules Committee, Public Accounts, Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Agriculture, Conservation and Environment, and Local Government and Housing

Chris’s love for distance running – track, cross country and road running - led him to become involved in athletics administration and, as Vice-President of the South African Athletics Union, he participated in athletics unity negotiations which lead to the unity meeting in DAKAR and the formation of Athletics
South Africa.

Since becoming involved in anti-doping in sport in 1986, he has participated in the national anti-doping organisation since its inception in 1993 and has been a Board member of the South African Institute for
Drug-free Sport since 1998.
Theuns Botha   DA Leader in the Western Cape                                                                      Western Cape

Theuns grew up in a house with a strong political flavour. His father was the first Afrikaans speaking mayor of Kimberley; therefore he has a long-standing familiarity with politics that allows him the ability to read changes in the party political landscape.

He is married to Sarie and they have two sons, Willem and Louis. He has a real estate agency in Riversdal, as well as agricultural interests in the area.

His political career began with his appointment as Youth Councillor for the NNP. After that, in 1995, he was a councillor in the previous Riversdal municipality. He was also one of the advocates for the formation of the DA. He was Mayor for the Langeberg municipality and was elected as chairperson of the DA in the Western Cape in 2001.

In 2003, he was elected as the provincial leader of the DA in the Western Cape. In 2004, he was elected as a member of the provincial legislature and, in the same year, was re-elected as provincial leader in the province. He was re-elected as provincial leader for a third time in 2007.

He describes his objective in government as ensuring a transparent and corruption free government that tackles the issues of job creation, HIV-Aids, Health, Education and Crime. He aims to ensure that the DA offers everyone in the Western Cape a safe, healthy and prosperous society with equal opportunities for all.
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