Ian Ollis

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Ian Ollis

Shadow Minister of Basic Education
Assumed office
1 June 2017
Leader Mmusi Maimane
Shadowing Angie Motshekga
Preceded by Gavin Davis
Shadow Minister of Labour
In office
5 June 2014 – 1 June 2017
Leader Mmusi Maimane
Shadowing Mildred Oliphant
Preceded by Kenneth Mubu
Succeeded by Michael Bagraim
Shadow Minister of Transport
In office
1 February 2012 – 5 June 2014
Leader Helen Zille
Shadowing S'bu Ndebele
Dipuo Peters
Preceded by Stuart Farrow
Succeeded by Manny de Freitas
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
6 May 2009
Constituency Gauteng
Personal details
Born Johannesburg, South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party Democratic Alliance
Residence Sandton, South Africa
Website ianollis.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianollis/

Ian Ollis (born 1970) is a South African politician who served in the National Assembly of South Africa. A member of the Democratic Alliance, he is the current Shadow Minister of Labour. He previously held the position of Shadow Minister of Transport and Shadow Minister of Labour.

Early life and education

Ollis was born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa in 1970 and matriculated at the Cambridge High School. He completed his education through the Baptist Theological College, University of Zululand and his Master of Arts degree at Wits University in Johannesburg.[1]

Having completed four years in seminary, Ollis was ordained and served in the Christian ministry in Johannesburg for six years before becoming an estate agent. He has worked as a sessional lecturer at the Wits College of Education, and has trained staff of real estate companies, political formations and religious institutions.

Political life

Ollis joined the Democratic Party in 1998 and served in its various formations, including the 1999 parliamentary election campaign, before being elected to the City Council of Johannesburg for the renamed DA in 2005 and then re-elected as a ward councillor in 2006. He has worked in the party's fundraising department and served on the Gauteng South Regional executive.

In 2009, Ollis was elected a member of Parliament and currently serves as the party's Shadow Minister of Labour, the political head of the Sandton Constituency and was the Deputy Chairman of the Gauteng Executive of the DA.

In October 2010, Ollis submitted a Private Members' Bill that would hold unions accountable for violence and damage to property caused during strikes. On 15 November 2011, the Department of Labour announced that amendments would be made to the corresponding Act, in a proposal similar to the DA's.[2]

Throughout his term as Shadow Labour Minister, Ollis has been at the forefront of the quest to reduce endemic unemployment in South Africa.

In February 2011, Ollis issued a statement on the proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act, citing that the legislative changes would be unconstitutional and create "massive problems" if implemented.

In October 2011, Ollis submitted a private member's bill to amend the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act to expand the Compensation Fund's coverage to include domestic workers.[3]

From 1 February 2012 until April 2014, Ian Ollis served as the Shadow Transport Minister in the Parliament of South Africa. He drafted the Democratic Alliance's new Transportation Policy approved in November 2013. [4]


  1. ^ "Ian Ollis".
  2. ^ "Department of Labour endorses DA position on strike violence". DA. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  3. ^ "DA launches plan for domestics". News24. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Fisheries department set to be stripped of patrol vessels". iol. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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