Dr Michael John Cardo

National Assembly

Michael John Cardo

About Michael John Cardo

Dr Michael Cardo holds a BA (Summa Cum Laude) in English, French and History from the University of Natal, as well as an MPhil and PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, where he attended Trinity College on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship. He joined the political staff of the DA in 2003, and was the party’s National Director of Research between 2004 and 2006. Dr Cardo was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Helen Suzman Foundation in 2006, during which time he wrote a biography of the former SA Liberal Party leader, Peter Brown "Opening Men’s Eyes: Peter Brown and the Liberal Struggle for South Africa" (Jonathan Ball: 2010). He returned to the DA as Helen Zille’s speechwriter on the 2009 election campaign. Between 2011 and 2014, Dr Cardo worked in the Policy and Strategy Unit at the Department of the Premier in the Western Cape Government, specialising in social policy and serving as the Director of Policy Research and Analysis. Dr Cardo was elected to Parliament in 2014. He served as the DA Shadow Minister of Economic Development during the Fifth Parliament (2014 - 2019)

2020 committee attendance as mp

83% attendance rate

Attended 5 meetings out of 6

2019 committee attendance as mp

95% attendance rate

Attended 18 meetings out of 19

2018 committee attendance as mp

96% attendance rate

Attended 25 meetings out of 26

2017 committee attendance as mp

53% attendance rate

Attended 9 meetings out of 17

2016 committee attendance as mp

95% attendance rate

Attended 19 meetings out of 20

2015 committee attendance as mp

90% attendance rate

Attended 19 meetings out of 21

2014 committee attendance as mp

(From the start of the Fifth Parliament)

85% attendance rate

Attended 11 meetings out of 13

  • 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.

Recent meetings attended

All meetings attended

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Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2018 [Source]

TRAVEL

Description Sponsor
Flights and accommodation, Washington and Detroit, USA. Study tour on "the future of work", 15-22 September 2018 Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2017 [Source]

TRAVEL

Description Sponsor
Flights and Accommodation, Nairobi Kenya (19-22 March 2017) African Young Liberals Retreat Westminister Foundation for Democracy
Flights And Accommodation Johannesburg, Liberals Workings (09-11 September 2016) Friederich Naumann Foundation

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2016 [Source]

PENSIONS

Source Public/Private
Allan Gray Pension Preservation /RA Balanced Fund Private

TRAVEL

Description Sponsor
Flights and accomodation - 60th Lib eral International Congress, Mexico [29/10/15 - 1/11/15] Friedrich Naumann Foundation

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Flat 82sq.m. Higgovale

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2015 [Source]

PENSIONS

Source Public/Private
Allan Gray Pension Preservation Fund Private

TRAVEL

Description Sponsor
Sponsored flights and board and lodging to attend Liberal International Conference on Liberalism, Oxford [20/3-22/3/15] Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Sponsored flights and board to attend conference on Emerging Markets, Buenos Aires [30/11-5/12/14 Friedrich Naumann Foundation

BENEFITS

Source Description
Starwood Discount on hotel accommodation at Starfriend rate, Le Moeidien, Picadilly, UK

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Apartment 82sq.m. Higgovale

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2014 [Source]

PENSIONS

Source Public/Private
Allan Gray Pension Preservation Fund Private

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Flat 82sq.m. Gardens, Cape Town

Committee appearances

  • Elder Care Leave Petition; DEL & Compensation Fund 2019/20 Quarter 2 performance 26 Feb 2020

    Dr M Cardo (DA) said that a lot had been said about fraud and corruption, but that was not the issue. The main issue was that Compensation Fund had a new system that was inaugurated in October last year, and it was completely dysfunctional. It simply did not work. Talk ...
  • Committee Reports 19 Feb 2020

    Dr M Cardo (DA) and Mr Bagraim confirmed they had attended the meeting.
  • Orientation workshop on core operations of Department & entities 4 Feb 2020

    Dr M Cardo (DA) commented that South Africa’s labour legislation was too onerous and that there needed to be amendments, deregulation and a loosening of the labour market in law and regulation. He referred to the National Minimum Wage Act (NMWA) in particular, and asked when the Department last ...
  • Employment equity status: Commission for Employment Equity briefing 27 Nov 2019

    Dr M Cardo (DA) asked how statistics can be represented properly without continuous retrenchment data. He also stated that there needs to be a focus on training and education as these are the sectors that need attention to foster more skilled individuals that can be absorbed in skill-scarce areas. He ...
  • CF; Nedlac & UIF 2019/20 Quarter 1 Performance; UIF Labour Activation Programme: briefing 20 Nov 2019

    Dr M Cardo (DA) raised a question on the challenges to the legitimacy of NEDLAC. During the Nedlac annual summit, Business Unity SA President, Sipho Pityana, questioned whether NEDLAC is still fit for purpose or whether it should be delegated to the scrapyard of history. There have been a number ...

All Committee Appearances

Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 13 Dec 2019

    Whether any (a) internal and/or (b) external forensic reports that pertain to (i) his department and/or (ii) each entity reporting to him were compiled in the period case, why not; if so, what is the (aa) name, (bb) subject matter and (cc) date of conclusion of each specified ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 2 Dec 2019

    What steps has his department taken to comply with the order handed down by the North Gauteng High Court in May 2019, which declares the exclusion of domestic workers in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, Act 130 of 1993, to be unconstitutional?
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 25 Nov 2019

    (a) In light of recent criticisms made by sections of organised business and organised labour regarding the efficacy of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), has he found that Nedlac is fit-for-purpose to deal with the unemployment crisis in the Republic and (b) what measures are put in ...

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Plenary appearances

  • WEDNESDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2019 4 Dec 2019

    Deputy Speaker, the Department of Employment and Labour isn't working for the unemployed. The official unemployment rate stands at 29,1%; which is the highest in 11 years. Part of the problem is over- regulation and rigid labour legislation.

  • CONSIDERATION OF BUDGETARY REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR 12 Nov 2019

    Hon Speaker, the Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour does not adequately grasp - let alone address - the monstrous magnitude of South Africa's unemployment crisis.

    In 1994, there were 3,6 million unemployed South Africans. In 2019, the number is over 10 million ...

All Plenary Appearances