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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2020 committee attendance as mp

97% attendance rate

Attended 28 meetings out of 29

2019 committee attendance as mp

62% attendance rate

Attended 13 meetings out of 21

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.

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.



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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

  • SABC on its turnaround strategy and matters incidental thereto 24 Jun 2020

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) said the Committee understands that the current board basically inherited an organisation at ground zero and had to rebuild it. Faced with COVID-19, many companies would have to decrease their spending and advertising could be one the areas for this. SABC executives were hired to ...
  • ICASA on licensing and various regulations before it 23 Jun 2020

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) commented on the USAASA tender for televisions. She said that the USAASA website had indicated published tender processes, a withdrawn tender process and then the republishing of the tender, and asked for an update on that story. She asked how the decision that learners would ...
  • Seminar on Spectrum Management: Implications for effective Parliament oversight on policy and regulations 19 Jun 2020

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) thanked Prof Sutherland for his presentation, saying that it was fascinating and that it was good to have some intellectual stimulation. Some Members were constantly receiving communication from the public about 5G and she thought it was important that Parliament put the public at ease ...
  • MDDA vacancies: recommendation 4 Jun 2020

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) said she agreed with the legal opinion. If the Committee Report of 11 May 2020 needs to be withdrawn to be improved, but not necessarily changed, then this should be allowed. The DA had recommended five people and had agreed to deviate from that. The ...
  • (Subcommittee) MDDA Interviews day 4 29 May 2020

    Ms P Van Damme (DA) said she was concerned about the letter being dated in April and the present date is 28 May. When resignation letters are received in future, the Committee should ensure reasons are given.

All Committee Appearances


  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 19 Jun 2020

    (1)What was the total amount that was spent on international travel by (a) her and (ii) her spouse and (b) the Deputy Minister and (ii) her spouse since 1 May 2019; (2) what was the (a)(i) purpose and (ii) breakdown of each trip undertaken in terms of the ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 19 Jun 2020

    What number of employees have been found to have criminal records in (a) The Ministry, (b) her department and (c) all entities reporting to her; 2. What mechanisms has her department put in place to conduct vetting of potential employees to ensure that persons with criminal records are not employed ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Communications 19 Jun 2020

    What (a) number of (i) films and/or (ii) publications were classified XX by the Film and Publications Board in the past three years, (b) is the title of each specified film and/or publication and (c) was the reason for the XX classification in each case?

All Questions and Answers

Plenary appearances


    Deputy Speaker ...

  • WRC19. 10 Jul 2019

    Hey, she said so. Princess Stella's attitude was unfortunately not limited to the red carpet. It became patently clear that the Minister thought herself to be a fairytale princess to whom all must bow.

    Her approach and treatment of the SA Broadcasting Corporation, SABC, is indeed of one who ...

All Plenary Appearances