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Alan Richard Winde (born 18 March 1965) is a South African politician and previous businessman. He is currently serving as the 8th Premier of the Western Cape and a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. He previously served as Western Cape Provincial Minister of Community Safety, Western Cape Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities and Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. Winde is a member of the Democratic Alliance.[1][2]


Alan Winde

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Winde in 2018
8th Premier of the Western Cape
Assumed office
22 May 2019
Preceded byHelen Zille
Western Cape Provincial Minister of Community Safety
In office
1 November 2018 – 22 May 2019
PremierHelen Zille
Preceded byDan Plato
Succeeded byAlbert Fritz
Western Cape Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities
In office
26 May 2014 – 1 November 2018
PremierHelen Zille
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byBeverley Schäfer
Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism
In office
7 May 2009 – 26 May 2014
PremierHelen Zille
Preceded byGarth Strachan
Succeeded byPosition dissolved
Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament
Assumed office
15 June 1999
Personal details
Born
Alan Richard Winde

(1965-03-18) 18 March 1965 (age 54)
Knysna, Cape Province, South Africa
NationalitySouth Africa South African
Political partyDemocratic Alliance
Other political
affiliations
Democratic Party
Independent
Spouse(s)Tracy Winde (m. 1993)
Children1 daughter; 1 son
ResidenceKnysna
Cape Town
EducationKnysna High School
OccupationPolitician
Businessman

Born in Knysna, Winde attended Knysna High School. He has experience as a businessman and entrepreneur since he established several businesses. He also worked for and managed numerous noteworthy companies. He started his political career as a municipal and district councillor. Shortly afterwards in 1999, he was elected to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. He has held various leadership positions in the Democratic Alliance Provincial Parliament caucus. Winde was appointed Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in May 2009 and served until May 2014 when he assumed the post of Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities.[3][4]

In September 2018, the Democratic Alliance selected Winde to be the party's Western Cape Premier candidate. In October 2018, Premier Helen Zille appointed Winde to the post of Provincial Minister of Community Safety. He took office on 1 November 2018.[5]

On 8 May 2019, the Democratic Alliance retained their majority in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, but with a decrease in the number of seats. Winde was elected Premier on 22 May 2019 and succeeded Helen Zille. He is the second Western Cape Premier from the Democratic Alliance.[6]

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Early life and business careerEdit

Family and personal lifeEdit

Winde was born on 18 March 1965 in the town of Knysna. He attended and matriculated from Knysna High School. He married Tracy Winde in 1993. They have two children named Lauren and Jason.[7]

Winde's father, William Dave Winde, passed away on 1 August 2019.[8]

Business careerEdit

Winde has experience as an entrepreneur. He established and managed many small businesses. He was also a director of a tour company and a business broker with Aldes Business Brokers.[9]

Political careerEdit

In 1996, Winde ran as an independent candidate and was elected to the South Cape District Council. He had previously served as a councillor for the Outeniqua Rural Council. Shortly after being elected a district councillor, he was approached by the leadership of the Democratic Party to be a candidate for the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. He was elected in 1999.[10]

He was sworn in on 15 June 2009. During his first term, he served as Western Cape Provincial Finance Chairman and a Member of the Executive Committee. He was re-elected to a second term in 2004. Briefly before being re-elected in 2009, he served as Chief Whip of the Official Opposition, Party Spokesperson on Environment and Planning and Deputy Party Spokesperson on Economic Development and Tourism.[11]

In May 2009, Premier Helen Zille appointed Winde to the position of Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. He was inaugurated on 7 May 2009 by Constitutional Court Judge Yvonne Mokgoro and succeeded Garth Strachan.[12]

After the 2014 elections, the position was dissolved and Premier Helen Zille announced that Winde would now hold the title of Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities, and only lead the Provincial Departments of Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism. The Provincial Finance Department would be an independent department with its own Provincial Minister. Winde was inaugurated on 26 May 2014 by Western Cape Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso.[13]

In September 2018, Winde was selected by the DA's Federal Executive to be the party's Western Cape Premier candidate for the 2019 provincial election.[14]

In October 2018, Premier Helen Zille announced that Winde would move to the Provincial Community Safety Department as incumbent Provincial Minister Dan Plato had announced his intention to resign as he was the Democratic Alliance's candidate to replace Patricia de Lille as Mayor of Cape Town. Winde was succeeded by Beverley Schäfer on 1 November 2018. He subsequently took office as Provincial Minister of Community Safety.[15]

Winde has served as acting Premier of the Western Cape on various brief occasions. Most recently, he was sworn in on 5 February 2019, as Premier Helen Zille was on an official visit to Germany. He represented the Western Cape Provincial Government at the 2019 State of the Nation Address.[16][17]

Premier of the Western Cape (2019–present)Edit

CampaignEdit

 
Alan Winde for Premier campaign bus, which was unveiled in April 2019.

Winde emerged as the front-runner quite early on in the nomination process. On 19 September 2018, Democratic Alliance Federal Leader Mmusi Maimane announced Winde as the party's Western Cape Premier candidate to succeed Premier Helen Zille after the 2019 elections. Winde defeated prominent candidates such as the Provincial Leader of the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape Bonginkosi Madikizela, and Member of Parliament David Maynier. After the announcement, Madikizela endorsed Winde and offered his full support to Winde's campaign.[18][19]

On 29 September 2018, the Democratic Alliance launched their campaign to retain the Western Cape after the 2019 elections at the Cape Town Stadium. At the event, Mmusi Maimane highlighted the party's achievements while governing the province, such as the province's low unemployment rate and that the party had turned the previously struggling Provincial Education Department into one of the best functioning departments in South Africa.[20][21]

After the announcement, Winde embarked on a listening tour and travelled to various communities in the Western Cape.[22]

He also campaigned for local DA candidates in by-elections. For instance, he went to the community of De Doorns to campaign for a DA candidate in a hotly-contested by-election. The DA candidate, Luwellyn Willemse, retained ward 3 of the Breede Valley municipality by earning a total of 1,101 votes.[23][24]

On 4 January 2019, Winde launched the Democratic Alliance's 2019 provincial voter registration campaign. Winde and other Democratic Alliance members erected party registration posters in Mitchells Plain ahead of the Independent Electoral Commission registration weekend on 26 and 27 January 2019.[25]

On 2 March 2019, the Democratic Alliance held their provincial Plan of Action Rally at the Bellville Velodrome and launched their provincial party manifesto. Winde and various other DA politicians addressed thousands of party supporters.[26]

On 11 March 2019, Winde vowed to build a police station in the gang-riddled community of Bonteheuwel due to the large number of murders that occur in the suburb.[27]

On 14 March 2019, Winde participated in the first eNCA Town Hall Debate, hosted at the Rocklands Civic Centre in Mitchells Plain.[28] The debate included many senior Western Cape politicians, such as former African National Congress Premier Ebrahim Rasool, Economic Freedom Fighters City of Cape Town councillor Melikhaya Xego, Good Party Leader Patricia de Lille and Freedom Front Plus Western Cape Premier candidate Peter Marais.[29][30]

On 27 March 2019, Winde and Mmusi Maimane revealed the Democratic Alliance's alternative energy plan for the Western Cape, in which the province acquires electricity directly from Independent Power Producers (IPPs).[31]

On 8 May 2019, the Democratic Alliance retained control of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, but with a decrease in the number of seats.[32] The party celebrated their election win in the Western Cape on 16 May 2019.[33]

TenureEdit

Winde was elected Premier of the Western Cape on 22 May 2019 during the first sitting of the Sixth Provincial Parliament. He received 24 out of the 34 valid votes. Six ballots were spoilt, and there were two abstentions. His main challenger for the post was Cameron Dugmore of the African National Congress, who received only 10 out of the 34 valid votes.[34][35][36]

On 23 May 2019, Winde announced the formation of his Provincial Cabinet. He appointed former DA Member of Parliament, David Maynier, to the newly-established post of Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities.[37][38][39]

Winde confirmed on 3 June 2019 that a provincial children’s commissioner would be appointed before the end of 2019. He added that the commissioner would have the authority to monitor, investigate, research, lobby and educate on issues, policy, services and legislation that have an effect on children.[40][41]

On 11 July 2019, National Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would be deployed in the gang-ridden areas of Cape Town. Winde welcomed the deployment of SANDF. His predecessor, Helen Zille, had repeatedly asked for the deployment of SANDF during her tenure.[42][43][44]

Winde delivered his maiden State of the Province Address on 18 July 2019, in which he highlighted the provincial government's achievements and outlined his agenda.[45][46][47][48]

Political positions and recordEdit

ImmigrationEdit

Winde had been critical of controversial immigration regulations introduced by the Government of South Africa which he alleged had harmed tourism in the Western Cape. In response, he organised petitions against the regulations.[49][50]

EconomyEdit

On 11 June 2012, Western Cape Provincial Government officials visited clothing factories in the Cape Town area. Winde investigated a local government leadership programme. The specific programme aimed to give the unemployed youth work experience.[51]

On 31 July 2012, Winde approached the Development Bank of South Africa to secure funding for the provincial government's work and skill programme. The programme had been active since 2009. Winde announced that if the provincial government could acquire additional funding, an extra 600 young people would be able to benefit from this project.[52]

On 15 January 2013, Winde visited small businesses in the Cape Town CBD. He called on the businesses to enter the province's Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards.[53]

On 20 August 2013, the Western Cape Economic Development Department launched an artisan development programme to train more artisans. Winde said that his department would be putting special focus on critical industries in the province.[54]

In November 2015, Winde and Premier Helen Zille led a delegation to China in a bid to secure increased trade and investment. A report from 2013 estimated that the province's exports to China were estimated at over R2 billion.[55]

On 10 October 2018, Winde said that youth unemployment should be the main focus of the national job and employment summit, hosted by the Government of South Africa. The Provincial Department of Economic Development had initiated many employment projects aiming to employ the unemployed youth.[56]

Winde has been commended for creating a business-friendly environment in the Western Cape since the provincial economy has performed better than the national growth rate. The Western Cape currently has a lower unemployment rate compared to the national average. Democratic Alliance Federal Leader Mmusi Maimane called Winde the "premier of jobs" when he announced him as the party's candidate.[57][58]

Political infightingEdit

Winde has been described as someone who does not get involved in party infighting and is prioritised on completing his work and job.[59]

CrimeEdit

When Winde was announced as the party's premier candidate, he said that the issue of crime would be the main priority of his premiership campaign.[60]

In November 2018, Winde announced that technology and innovation would be used to prevent and significantly reduce crime. He met with Hanover Park Peace Ambassador, Riedwaan Samuels, who was shot four times in the leg. Winde praised all the young peace ambassadors who were standing up against gang violence and fighting for their communities to be safer. He also met with Western Cape Police Commissioner, Khombinkosi Jula, and discussed that the addition of new police officers would help with the high police under-resourcing in the Western Cape.[61][62][63]

In December 2018, Winde called for the establishment of a provincial police force. In mid-December, Philippi farmers requested that the Provincial Community Safety Department allocate more police officers to the area. In response, the Provincial Community Safety Department wrote a letter to the Western Cape Police Commissioner.[64][65]

On 27 February 2019, Winde described crime as being a factor negatively influencing developments and improvements in the Western Cape. He also reiterated his calls for a decentralised provincial police service.[66][67]

On 28 April 2019, the Western Cape Provincial Government formally declared an inter-governmental dispute with National Minister of Police Bheki Cele over police resources allocated to the province.[68][69]

In July 2019, SANDF was deployed in the areas of Cape Town affected by high levels of crime and gang violence. Winde welcomed the decision by the National Department of Defence to assist the police in its efforts to reduce the city's high crime statistics.[70][71]

Agriculture and tourismEdit

One of his duties, as Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities, was to oversee the Tourism Department of the Government of the Western Cape. He was responsible for projects such as Project Khulisa, a project introduced by the Government of the Western Cape to increase tourism growth and grow the South African economy. The project resulted in the Western Cape tourism sector growing significantly.[72]

In March 2016, the Government of the Western Cape announced that it was investing more than R23 million on increasing the province's agricultural exports and set a target of creating 100,000 jobs in the sector. Winde said that additional support would be given to emerging farmers.[73][74]

During the severe drought that ravaged the Western Cape province from 2017 to 2018, he argued for the rights of farmers to keep hold of their private agricultural water supply, even when their local municipalities had a shortage of water.[75]

On 8 February 2019, Winde described the drought that the Western Cape was previously experiencing as one of the most difficult challenges that the provincial government has faced.[76]

InfrastructureEdit

On 8 January 2019, during a campaign visit to the West Coast region of the Western Cape province, Winde urged communities to protect infrastructure. He made this announcement as he witnessed fire-damaged municipal buildings in the town of Saldanha Bay. The buildings were set on fire during violent protests that occurred in 2018.[77]

ElectricityEdit

On 20 March 2019, Winde called for the Western Cape to draw its electricity from natural resources and be independent of Eskom's electricity supply.[78] He said that it is his ambition for the City of Cape Town to become the first city in South Africa to procure electricity from independent suppliers.[79]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Helen Zille
8th Premier of the Western Cape
2019–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dan Plato
Western Cape Provincial Minister of Community Safety
2018–2019
Succeeded by
Albert Fritz
Preceded by
Position established
Western Cape Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities
2014–2018
Succeeded by
Beverley Schäfer
Preceded by
Garth Strachan
Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism
2009–2014
Succeeded by
Position dissolved