Athol Trollip Biography
Athol Trollip was born on 12th March 1964 in Bedford, Eastern Cape in South Africa. He is a South African politician and the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.
- He studied Agricultural Management at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg.
Athol Trollip Career
In 1980 he joined the liberal Progressive Federal Party. In 1995 he became a municipal councillor for the PFP’s successor, the Democratic Party.
In 1998 he was elected as provincial chairperson and then as the renamed DA’s leader in the Eastern Cape in 2002. He served as a Member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature.
In 2009 he won the position of Parliamentary Leader of the DA therefore becoming a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly.
In 2011 he lost in his bid for a re- election as Parliamentary Leader of the DA . He later left the National Assembly to return to the Eastern Cape Legislature in 2013, and was the DA’s premier candidate in the Eastern Cape province for the 2014 general election.
On 13th April 2015 he was announced as the DA candidate for Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in the 2016 Local Government Elections, and was also elected as the Federal Chairperson of the DA at the party’s Federal Congress in May.
On 3rd August 2016 during the municipal elections he was elected as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.