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, during this time, served as Shadow Minister of Communications

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2019 committee attendance as mp

68% attendance rate

Attended 13 meetings out of 19

2018 committee attendance as mp

81% attendance rate

Attended 22 meetings out of 27

2017 committee attendance as mp

69% attendance rate

Attended 34 meetings out of 49

2016 committee attendance as mp

74% attendance rate

Attended 32 meetings out of 43

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.

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Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2018 [Source]


Description Sponsor
High Level Visit to Germany for Election Day German Government
Study tour to Brussels and the Hague to learn about the ICC Friedrich Naumann Foundation


Avicenna Academy of Leadership

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2017 [Source]


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


British Airways
SAA (Airways)

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2016 [Source]


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

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2015 [Source]


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

Committee appearances

  • SIU on SABC investigations; ICASA Quarter 1 performance 10 Sep 2019

    Ms P van Damme (DA) thanked the SIU for their incredible work. Having served on the SABC Board Inquiry, she was glad to see the rot was being cleaned up and the serious matters raised were being addressed.
  • Department & entities Quarter 1 performance 3 Sep 2019

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) echoed Mr Mackenzie's comments around the large Departmental delegation. She was disappointed in the Post Office’s lack of vetting of employees which should have been done. She was confused about the management of Brand SA and GCIS and MDDA. The budget was with ...
  • Department on state of the reconfiguration 27 Aug 2019

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) said there is a need to see the Department moving and not still reconfiguring in five years time. The Communications Department has not had a permanent DG in almost five years. There have been too many actors and there is a need to fill that ...
  • Department on state of the reconfiguration 27 Aug 2019

    Ms Van Damme (DA) asked about the constant reposting of Acting DGs.
  • Departments of Communications, and Telecommunications and Postal Services 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan 3 Jul 2019

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) was pleased to hear that the departments would be focusing on the digitisation of communications. However, there should not be over-regulation but a steady focus on SMMEs and job creation in the sector while ensuring job sustainability. She said that state employees being be provided ...

All Committee Appearances


  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 25 Sep 2019

    1. What reasons did a certain official (name and details furnished) give for resigning; 2. Whether she has found that there was no undue political interference in the specified person’s decision to resign; if not; (a) will the alleged undue political interference be investigated and (b) what action will ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services 19 Mar 2019

    Whether any (a) executives and/or (b) staff of the SA Broadcasting Corporation undertook any international trips since 1 October 2017; if so, what (i) is the name of each person who undertook each international trip, (ii) was the (aa) purpose and (bb) destination of each trip and (iii) was ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Telecommunications, Postal Services and Communications 19 Mar 2019

    (1)What radio stations in each province benefited from Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) procurement of airtime on behalf of government departments (a) in the (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; (2) what amount has the GCIS spent on each specified radio ...

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