Marlene van Staden

Modimolle/Mookgophong Executive Mayor Marlene Van Staden has always been very interested in politics. Her mother had politics as a subject at university and the two of them always had hefty political discussions in their home.

Marlene likes the way politics gives you an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. She joined the DA after she was recruited by a member of the Federal Executive Committee, Desiree van der Walt.

She is married to Hannes van Staden who is a marketer for Obaro and a part-time farmer, and they have a 4-month old son called Luan.

Born in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, Marlene and her family have lived in Vaalwater, Limpopo, since 1989. She matriculated from Hoërskool Nylstroom in Modimolle and attended the University of Pretoria (Tukkies) where she completed a BCom Degree, specialising in Tourism Management.

Marlene also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a BCom Honours Degree in Business Management, specialising in Financial Management, through Unisa.

Her first job was as a shop assistant at the Black Mamba Curio Shop in Vaalwater when she was in high school.

In her spare time, Marlene likes to relax with friends and family, and play golf when she has the time! She reads anything she can get her hands on, plays with her baby and walks her dogs on the farm, after a stressful day at work.

Marlene’s personal motto is to never give up and never let anything make you negative. She describes herself as a positive thinker and a plan-maker. “There is always light at the end of every tunnel,” she says.

Her vision for the LIM 368 Municipality is to have a clean, well-run municipality that can provide basic services to all its residents. She would like to upgrade old infrastructure and create a work environment employees can be proud off.

Mayoral Committee Members

Name Role Contact info

Marlene van Staden


014 718 2055
079 528 6712

Johan Abrie


Dingaan Motshwene

Chief Whip