Western Cape

Speechwriter & Communications Specialist Parliament (Cape Town)

Reference: FHO-SPCHCOMSPEC-001
Closing Date: 03-06-2024

Please note only applications reflecting the reference number will be considered.

The DA wishes to appoint a dynamic, self-motivated and goal driven individual, who will be based at our Parliamentary Offices in Cape Town. The successful candidate will report to the Chief of Staff in the
Federal Leader’s Office.

The ideal candidates will be responsible for:

  • Producing various forms of written communication for the Federal Leader, including speeches,
    press statements, op-eds, video scripts, briefing documents, internal party memorandums, crafting
    of rebuttals, and letters to the press and/or the President, as well as any other written communication required
  • Providing strategic advice on marketing and communications related matters
  • Preparing regular correspondence for relationship management
  • Proactively identifying potential speech/writing opportunities

Prospective applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • National Senior Certificate or equivalent
  • Relevant tertiary qualification, may include Languages, Writing, Journalism, Copywriting
  • Proficiency in English required, with an additional language advantageous
  • Experience in writing long-format copy for various audiences and across various mediums
  • Experience in preparing text for speech delivery advantageous
  • Broad knowledge of politics – both political systems in general, and South Africa’s specific political
    history and system
  • Knowledge of legal framework of local and provincial government
  • Broad knowledge of world events, world politics, local economic issues and social issues affecting a
    wide range of local communities
  • An understanding of data, graphs and reports
  • Ability to incorporate input from others into work
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to facilitate workshops
  • Excellent organisational and planning abilities
  • Systematic, comprehensive and displaying excellent attention to detail
  • Proven leadership skills and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
    within the Party
  • Commitment to the principles, policies and programme of action of the Party
  • Ability to work effectively and energetically around a demanding work schedule, including working
    irregular hours on a frequent basis
  • Outcomes-orientated, not simply task-orientated
  • Applicants must be in possession of a valid driver’s license and have access to an insured vehicle
    for occasional use

Should you meet the above requirements and be interested, kindly forward the following to Chandre Fernandez, Democratic Alliance, Federal Head Office, PO Box 1475, Cape Town, 8000. Tel No: (021) 465 1431, Fax No: 086 461 5105 or e-mail: applications@da.org.za.

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of your ID
  • Copy of your matric certificate
  • Copy of your relevant qualification
  • Copy of your driver’s licence
  • CV
  • 1 page cover letter motivating why you would be a good fit for this role and why you wish to be
    employed by the DA

Kindly note the following:

  • Any application received without the required documentation will not be considered
  • Correspondence will only be conducted with shortlisted candidates. Should you not hear from us within 30 days of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful
  • We reserve the right not to make any appointments
  • The Party will not require applicants to pay any amount or undergo any health-related tests to be shortlisted

Closing Date: 03 June 2024

Application Form

Section A: Post Advertised

Title of position you are applying for

Reference number of position you are applying for

If successful, when can you start

Section B: Personal Information

First name


ID Number


National Senior Certificate or Equivalent

Do you have a Disability?

Driver's Licence



If not South African, valid work permit

If not South African, permit expiry

Are you a family member of any Public Representative or employee of the DA?



Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence or do you have any pending criminal charges against you?



Have you ever been dismissed from your employment?



Have you ever held a Political or Operational position in the Party?



Are you affiliated to any other political party or movement in South Africa? This may include being an employee, public representative, member, activist or volunteer.



Section C: Contact Information


Email address

Section D: Language Proficiency





Section E: Education

Name of Institution


Year obtained

Section F: Work Experience

Name of employer




Section G: Computer Literacy

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Outlook

Section H: Typing skills



Section I: References

By providing this information, you understand and agree that your references will be contacted.

Name of employer

Contact Person

Contact Number

Are you a family member of any of your references listed above?



Section H: Uploads

Motivation letter

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Curriculum Vitae

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Driver's licence

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Identification document

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Matric Certificate

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I declare that all the information (including any attachments) is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any false information supplied could lead to my application being rejected or my termination of employment if appointed. I understand that my application will be kept on record for a period of no longer than 3 months.

Need help with your application? Contact Chandré Fernandez at applications@da.org.za or 021 465 1431