Geordin Hill-Lewis

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Youngest Cape Town mayor-elect: Who is Geordin Hill-Lewis?

Cape Town will have the youngest ever mayor in the 34-year-old Geordin Hill-Lewis. Let’s get to know the only child of a single mom nurse.

Geordin Hill-Lewis

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The DA’s Geordin Hill-Lewis is on the brink of major history as the youngest ever Cape Town mayor at 34 years of age. Here is all there is to know about the upcoming municipal head.


The young statesman was born in the Western Cape’s coastal town of Plettenberg Bay which sits 600 km from Cape Town.

Raised by a single mother who was a nurse, he grew up in the middle-class suburb of Edgemead in the North of the City where he also attended school before going on to further his education at the University of Cape Town.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree and honours in politics, philosophy, and economics, Geordin Hill-Lewis jetted out to Europe to pick up a master’s degree in economic policy from the University of London.


After becoming a Democratic Alliance member since his senior year in High School, he soon established a UCT branch of the Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (DASO).

The 34-year-old’s first major taste of the big time was when he worked on former DA leader Helen Zille’s successful premier campaign – before later serving as a researcher for the DA in parliament.

The incoming Cape Town mayor is in fact no stranger to changing history books. He became the youngest MP to be elected to Parliament when he was just 24 back in 2011.

Geordin Hill-Lewis was the chief of staff to Helen Zille when she was the leader of the DA and Premier of the Western Cape.

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old is imminently set to be named the new mayor of the Mother City.

The statesman has said the DA’s goal is to make sure that residents don’t regret voting for the party. “When I launched my campaign to be elected as Cape Town’s next mayor, over two months ago, I announced right up front that I am committed to ending load shedding in Cape Town over time,” he said.