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Shadow Deputy Minister of Health
Denise has lived in Durbanville, Cape Town, for many years with her husband, son and daughter. She grew up in Queenstown and matriculated at the Girls High School. She studied at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and history and with a University Education Diploma. After teaching in Kimberley and Cape Town for some years, she entered the field of Adult Education, teaching English at Sanlam and working as a Language Adviser and Translator.
She entered politics in 1998 when she became a Proportional Representative councillor in the Tygerberg Municipality for the Democratic Party. She was elected as ward councillor for the Unicity of Cape Town in 2000, representing the Democratic Alliance. She became a Member of Parliament in 2004, serving on the Select Committee of Finance and the Joint Budget Committee in the National Council of Provinces. She was appointed to the committee of the first African Peer Review Mechanism.
Her constituency, which she describes as an extremely diverse one, stretches from Mamre and Atlantis in the North, along the coast from Melkbosch, Blaauberg, Tableview, Milnerton to the city
Harbour, and includes Durbanville.
In 2009, Denise was appointed as the Shadow Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities. Following Lindiwe Mazibuko's 2012 Shadow Cabinet reshuffle, Denise has been Deputy Shadow Minister for Health.
Philosophy: I believe in building bridges between all communities, assisting the needy and giving people a hand up and not a handout in order that they can reach their full potential. I believe that education, for adults and children alike, is the catalyst for change and fulfilment.
Parliamentary enquiries: 021 403 2910