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)

2021 committee attendance as mp

100% attendance rate

Attended 7 meetings out of 7

2020 committee attendance as mp

91% attendance rate

Attended 29 meetings out of 32

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

83% attendance rate

Attended 10 meetings out of 12

2014 committee attendance as mp

(From the start of the Fifth Parliament)

60% attendance rate

Attended 3 meetings out of 5

Attendance Methodology

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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

  • National Minimum Wage Regulations & Development: DEL briefing 24 Feb 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) asked how the Department can say with absolute certainty the NMW will not lead to job losses. Before the NMW was introduced 750 000 job losses were estimated and, also over 1.4 million people lost jobs between the fourth quarter of 2019, and fourth quarter of ...
  • UIF suspensions in 2020, as well as overdue CF reports relating to claims, payments and injuries per sector 19 Feb 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) enquired about the eligibility of the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) for workers in the hospitality sector. Due to lockdown restrictions, wages were being reduced for many workers in the hospitality industry. Many of them were desperate to know whether they would be getting TERS relief ...
  • SIU on investigations & findings against UIF 16 Feb 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) asked to what extent the weak financial controls in the UIF a product of deliberate design. What evidence was available to show that top officials facilitated corrupt activities? He asked if the SIU had interviewed any of the top management officials that were placed on suspension.
  • Workshop: focus on core operations and functions of Bargaining Council 13 Feb 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) agreed with the presenters’ view on the importance of collective bargaining. However, he pointed out that collective bargaining did not work if there was no party that negotiated and made agreements in good faith. Using the recent public sector wage event as an example, in which ...
  • Unemployment statistics: StatsSA briefing 10 Feb 2021

    Dr M Cardo (DA) asked whether Stats SA has done any research into the effect of minimum wage increases on the employment profile in South Africa. In other words, has the increase affected jobs and job losses? Has Stats SA done any forecasting and projections around total job losses due ...

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Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 24 Feb 2021

    (1)With reference to the performance agreement he concluded with the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on 6 October 2020, on what research, evidence, methods and calculations are the assertions based that (a) one million jobs would be created for the youth by 2024, (b) his department would ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 24 Feb 2021

    Given the forecast by economists that the continuation of the adjusted Level 3 lockdown restrictions could result in a further 1,4 million job losses, and given that the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s COVID-19 TERS scheme came to an end on 15 October 2020, what (a) steps is his department taking to ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Employment and Labour 24 Feb 2021

    Whether, with reference to sections 26 and 32 of the Labour Relations Act, Act 66 of 1995, which deals with closed shop agreements and the extension of collective bargaining agreements respectively, his Ministry and/or his department have ever considered, are considering, or are willing to consider (a) amending one or ...

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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