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Alan Winde

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Alan Winde

7th Premier of the Western Cape
Assumed office
22 May 2019
Preceded byHelen Zille
Western Cape Minister for Community Safety
In office
1 November 2018 – 22 May 2019
Preceded byDan Plato
Succeeded byAlbert Fritz
Western Cape Minister for Economic Opportunities
In office
26 May 2014 – 1 November 2018
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byBeverley Schäfer
Western Cape Minister for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism
In office
7 May 2009 – 26 May 2014
Preceded byGarth Strachan
Succeeded byPosition dissolved
Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament
Assumed office
15 June 1999
Personal details
Alan Richard Winde

(1965-03-18) March 18, 1965 (age 59)
Knysna, Cape Province, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Political partyDemocratic Alliance
Other political
Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Tracy Winde
Alma materKnysna High School

Alan Richard Winde (born 18 March 1965) is a South African politician and businessman. He is the 7th and current Premier of the Western Cape. He is also a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament for the Democratic Alliance. After his party won a majority in the provincial parliament in May 2019, he became the Premier and replaced Helen Zille. Winde held ministerial positions in Zille's provincial cabinet.

Early life[change | change source]

Winde was born on 18 March 1965 in Knysna, Cape Province. He attended Knysna High School. After high school, Winde founded and worked for many businesses in his hometown.

Career[change | change source]

He was first elected as an independent councillor of the Outeniqua Rural Council in the early 1990s. He later decided to run for the South Cape District Council and won a seat on the council. He joined the Democratic Party in 1999 after the party had recruited him to be one of their candidates for the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. He was elected. The Democratic Party changed to the Democratic Alliance in 2000.[1]

Winde held senior positions in the Democratic Alliance provincial parliamentary group. He was chief whip of the party's caucus before the 2009 election. After the 2009 election, the party became the majority party in the provincial parliament. Helen Zille became Premier and selected Winde to be the Minister for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism.[2] Winde became Minister for Western Cape Minister for Economic Opportunities in May 2014.[3] The Democratic Alliance chose him as their premier candidate for the 2019 election in September 2018.[4] Zille moved him to the Community Safety department in November 2018.[5]

The party kept their majority in the legislature in the May 2019 election. The legislature met on 22 May 2019 to choose a new premier and leadership. Winde was elected as Premier after he got 24 votes compared to 10 for his competitor Cameron Dugmore of the African National Congress.[6]

Personal life[change | change source]

Winde is married to Tracy and they have two children.

References[change | change source]

  1. Gerber, Jan (19 September 2018). "DA WC premier candidate Winde shrugs off race questions, wants to build a team". News24. Retrieved 15 June 2020.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Zille's cabinet for the Western Cape". Politicsweb. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  3. Williams, Murray (21 May 2014). "Premier Zille's new Cape cabinet". IOL News. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  4. Gerber, Jan (19 September 2018). "Alan Winde announced as DA premier candidate in Western Cape". News24. Retrieved 15 June 2020.[permanent dead link]
  5. Chambers, Dave (19 October 2018). "Business hails Zille reshuffle sparked by Plato mayoral move". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  6. "Winde elected Western Cape premier". The Citizen. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2020.

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