David John Maynier was today appointed as the Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic opportunities.
He previously served as the Shadow Minister of Finance, Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, and Member of Parliament for the opposition Democratic Alliance.
Minister Maynier matriculated from Grey High School in Port Elizabeth, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Management from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a former submarine officer and navy diver in the South African Navy.
He joined the Democratic Alliance as a researcher in 1999 and quickly rose to the position of Director of Research. In August 2000 he became Chief of Staff to party leader Tony Leon – a position he served until June 2004, when he became Assistant to the Chairperson of the Federal Executive.
In February 2005 he was again promoted to Director of Fundraising, and he was awarded the party’s ‘Top Fundraiser of the Year’ award at the 2007 Federal Congress, after modernising and professionalising the party’s fundraising system.
In 2008, he was appointed the DA’s Deputy CEO with special responsibility for the Western Cape, the province where the DA has its strongest support base in South Africa. In 2009 and 2019 he was the party’s Campaign Manager in the Western Cape for the general elections. The party won 51.3% of the vote in the province in 2009 and 55.6% in 2019 which is significantly higher than the 27% achieved in 2004.
After managing the DA’s successful Western Cape electoral campaign, Maynier became a Member of Parliament, after appearing eleventh on the party’s Western Cape national list. Following the election, he was appointed Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans.
In 2015, Maynier was appointed Shadow Minister of Finance by the new DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
In March 2019, the Democratic Alliance revealed their election lists for the 2019 elections. Maynier was announced as a candidate for the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. He left National Parliament on 7 May 2019.
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