David Maynier (44) is a clas­sic ca­reer politi­cian. He cut his teeth in the DA, which he joined as a mem­ber of the party’s pro­fes­sional staff straight af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Univer­sity of Cape Town.

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Al­ready at a young age he’d held sev­eral se­nior po­si­tions in the party – in­clud­ing chief of staff un­der former DA na­tional leader Tony Leon.

But be­ing in the f ir­ing line at such a young age also took its toll and af­ter ten years Maynier felt he needed to take a break from pol­i­tics. A once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self and Maynier was priv­i­leged to get ac­cepted at the Kennedy School of Gov­er­nance at the pres­ti­gious Har­vard Univer­sity in the US where he en­rolled for a Masters in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2007-2008.

“It was a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he re­calls. “In the first term, for ex­am­ple I had the op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to at least four No­bel Peace Prize win­ners speak. At

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