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Chairperson of DA Federal Finance Committee
Dion was born in Durban and moved to Vanderbijlpark at a young age, where he completed high school. At 17, he went to Wits University and has lived in Johannesburg ever since. After completing his undergraduate degree and compulsory national service, he entered the financial services industry where he built his career. During this time, he was a vigorous community activist and this prompted what he describes as his other career, politics.
Dion holds BA (Hons), MBA (Wits) and DBL (Economics) degrees and an Advanced Certificate in Municipal Governance. His MBA research report entitled "Investment choice for individual members of retirement funds" received the Investec Securities Prize for the Best Research in the field of Investments.
He joined the Democratic Party in 1995 and, in 2005, was elected chairman of the DA branch in Sandown, Sandton. After the 2006 municipal elections, he served the City of Johannesburg as a PR councillor on various committees, including housing, finance and economic development and municipal accounts. In January 2008, he took his seat in parliament where he serves on the Portfolio Committee on Finance and as political head of the Sandton North and Midrand Constituency. He says the primary focus in his constituency as ensuring on-going service delivery and maintenance with orderly urban planning and development.
He was re-elected to Parliament in 2009 and currently serves as the DA's Shadow Minister of SCOPA.