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David van Rooyen

David Douglas Des van Rooyen

Nickname: 'Des'

Minister of Cooperative Governance &Trad Affairs


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Minister David Douglas Des van Rooyen has a long and illustrious history in the liberation movement. He was involved in politics since the mid-1980s and is a former MK operative and soldier since 1986. In addition to this he has held various leadership positions in the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) at Bethel High School and Khutsong Students Congress at Badirile High School. He was also a United Democratic Front (UDF) representative and a member of the National Union of Mineworkers. He skipped the country during the apartheid era and went into exile, living in Mozambique and Tanzania, earning the nickname the “Scorpion.” During the democratic era he served as a Ward Councillor and Member of the Mayoral Committee on Public Safety at Merafong Municipality, eventually becoming the Executive Mayor, a position he held for six years. He was also appointed as Chair of the South African Local Government Association in the North West province. He was appointed as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 13 December 2015.



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Current Position(s)

Minister | Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs | Parliament of South Africa
South Africa | December 2015 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Member | African National Congress | Parliament of South Africa
2009 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Previous Position(s)

Minister of Finance | Parliament of South Africa
December 2015 - December 2015

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Whip of Standing Committee | Finance | African National Congress
2014 - 2015

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Whip | Economic Transformation Cluster | African National Congress
2009 - 2014

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Chairperson | North West | SALGA
2007 - 2009

Government, Public Administration and Defence






Member | African National Congress
GAUTENG, South Africa | 1994 - 2007

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Representative | Khutsong | United Democratic Front
Khutsong, South Africa | 1986 - 1989

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Chairperson | Khutsong Student Congress
Khutsong, South Africa | 1986 - 1987

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Educational history

Tertiary

Wits University (University of the Witwatersrand)

2006 - 2009

Masters degree - Public Development & Management

The University of London

Completed July 2014

MSc Finance - Economic Policy

University of South Africa - UNISA

Certificate - Investment analysis and Portfolio management

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