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Sharna Fernandez

Sharna Fernandez is the Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and the Constituency Head of the Athlone 1 region in the Metro.

Ms Fernandez has served a thirty year career working in three of the South Africa’s four big banks. She served as a Regional Manager, Sales and Service Director and acting General Manager.

In 2009 she was struck down with the H1N1 virus which followed a recovery period of two years. Once she regained her strength, Fernandez started doing community work. She became actively involved in civic matters and participated in various community structures before joining the Democratic Alliance in 2011.

Ms Fernandez has recently completed the first Political Development Programme. The Professional Certificate in Parliamentary Affairs in London in 2014. She has a Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Leadership from WITS and has completed various short courses over the last year, including Part 1 Contracting, Flawless Consulting Skills.

Her personal values are deeply entrenched and focused on principled leadership, good governance, honesty, integrity and living a life of purpose. She remains committed to improving the plight of the poor and has a passion for reading and education.

Ms Fernandez has volunteered her services with Partners for Possibilities as a business leader to Square Hill Primary school, which she has attended some 50 years ago.


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