Grant Haskin

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Grant Haskin
Politician. Former Deputy Mayor of Cape Town
Succeeded by Ian Neilson
Personal details
Born 1968
Cape Town
Nationality South Africa South African
Political party African Christian Democratic Party
Children 1
Alma mater University of the Western Cape
Occupation Councillor
Religion Christian

Grant Haskin (born 1968) is the former Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, where he also served briefly as acting Mayor City of Cape Town, South Africa.[1]


Early life and education[edit]

Grant was born in Camps Bay, a suburb on Cape Towns Atlantic coast. The family moved to Wynberg in Cape Town's Southern suburbs and he was enrolled at Wynberg Boys Junior School. A few years later, the family moved to Constantia but he continued with his schooling at Wynberg Boys High School, matriculating there in 1986. He spent the nest two years doing compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force.


Grant became a member of the ACDP[clarification needed] in late 1998 at the age of 30. He was a volunteer at the party's provincial office, where he served as a general office assistant, tea maker, photo-copier, toilet cleaner and campaign assistant until the 2 June 1999 National General Elections. A month later, at the party's provincial annual general conference, he was elected to serve as Provincial Secretary General, a post he was re-elected to until 2005 when he became the Provincial Chairman. In December 2000, he was elected to the City of Cape Town as a councillor via the ACDP's proportional representation list, where he was also elected as caucus leader of the seven ACDP councillors. As a result of the 2004 National General Elections, Grant was elected to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament as MPP. In March 2007, the ACDP redeployed him from MPP[2] to Councillor in the City of Cape Town to take up the ACDP's seat on the Mayoral Committee as political head of Amenities and Sport[3] in the City of Cape Town. After the controversial 'walk-over window period' in September 2007 and the protracted negotiation process[4] with the DA on the ACDP's claim to regain the Executive Deputy Mayors seat,[5] he was elected Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town.[6][7] He served as acting Executive Mayor of Cape Town for a brief period after Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance, who was Executive Mayor of Cape Town, was elected Premier-elect of the Western Cape.[8]

His term as Executive Deputy Mayor ended suddenly on 27 May 2009[9] when the Democratic Alliance broke its contractual agreement with the ACDP and claimed the post for themselves on the grounds that they 'could be as effective as possible, politically'. Even though the DA also blamed the ACDP for 'breaches of trust', these allegations were refuted.[10] The ACDP walked away from the governing agreements it had with the DA across the Western Cape Province.[11][12] During his term as Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, he was political head of the City's policies and programmes on, inter alia, substance abuse, street people, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and international relations.

During the subsequent term as caucus leader for the ACDP, he completed his B.Admin Honours degree in International Relations (Political Science) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and is writing his full Masters thesis. As a result of the 18 May 2011 Local Government Elections he was re-elected councillor for the City of Cape Town where he remains the Caucus leader.[13] He has been elected the Provincial Leader for the Western Cape Province of the ACDP.


  1. ^ "Clr Grant Haskin Elected Deputy Mayor". 31 October 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Independent Newspapers Online (28 October 2004). "Bid to track R700 000 spent on consultants - Politics -". Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Independent Newspapers Online (23 March 2007). "Cape's sports facilities about to crumble". Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Independent Newspapers Online (26 September 2007). "ACDP and Zille to battle it out for deputy - Politics -". Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Wrangling over Swellendam and city council positions stokes tensions between DA and ACDP". Cape Times. South Africa: HighBeam Research. 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Powell, Anel (1 November 2007). "Haskin appointed new deputy mayor". Cape Times. 
  7. ^ "Cllr. Grant Haskin elected as deputy executive mayor". 31 October 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  8. ^ South Africa: Zille Faces Dilemma as DA Takes W Cape AllAfrica. 26 April 2009
  9. ^ Independent Newspapers Online (28 May 2009). "Nielson is Cape's new deputy mayor". Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Grant Haskin. "ACDP responds to DA allegations". Politicsweb. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "ACDP Blaauwberg sub-council chair jumps before being pushed". West Cape News. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "ACDP withdraws from CT coalition". 11 June 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "African Christian Democratic Party". Retrieved 2 April 2011.