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David Van Rooyen (David Douglas Des Van Rooyen) is the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of South Africa.

David Van Rooyen’s Education

Some of the top universities David Van Rooyen attended include; the University of South Africa and University of London. He has a Master’s degree in:

  • Public Development and management
  • Finance (Economic Policy)

 He has a Diploma in:

  • Business Management
  • Municipal Governance

He has a certificate in:

  • Municipal Governance
  • Councillor Development
  • Municipal Finance
  • Economic and Public Finance
  • Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

Rooyen’s Political Career

His political career started in mid 1980, at this time Rooyen was an MK operative and soldier. He later played a key role in; the National Union Of Mineworkers, a United Democratic Front Representative, part of the Khutsong Student Congress and had a leadership position in the Congress Of South African Students.

From the year 1994 he became very active in ANC, he became the party’s branch leader, then he further went on to become the regional leader and a provincial leader. He was a branch leader of the ANC Youth League between 1994 and 1996, then a regional leader in the league between 1996 and 2003.

Rooyen was the mayor of Merafong City Local Municipality; he has also been a national Assembly member since 2009 for Westville Westonaria City. In 2015 he became the Minister of Finance for South Africa and just after four days he was made to switch positions with the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs “Pravin Gordhan”.

Rooyen’s Personal And Business Life

On the business front, Van Rooyen has been linked to the following companies/organisations:

  • Phambili Services
  • Sukuta Enterprise
  • Walinzi Protection Services
  • Late Bloomer Enterprise, and
  • Muziovulile Mining Project

When he’s not working, you can find him; playing golf, tennis, reading, hunting or enjoying a game of football.

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