Our People/Members of Parliament
Dr Junita Kloppers-Lourens
Shadow Minister of Science and Technology
Junita joined the Democratic Alliance in 2005 and was elected to parliament in April 2009. She is keenly aware of the privilege to serve her party and her country as a parliamentarian and is committed to help making a difference through science and technology.
Junita was born in Vanderbijlpark. She started her schooling career at Laerskool Totius and completed her matric at the Vanderbijlparkse Hoërskool.
She obtained a BA, HOD and Honours degree in History at the UP, a MEd and DEd [in curriculum science] at RAU, a LLB at the UNISA, and the AIPSA Diploma for Insolvency Practitioners at the UP.
Junita held various positions during her wide ranging career as educationist. She started off as matric teacher (for which she received a merit award), became lecturer at two teacher training colleges, was appointed as scrutinizer/evaluator of manuscripts for text books, and occupied the post of a chief examiner for the Senior Certificate Examinations of the former Transvaal Education Department for many years.
She was later promoted to chief curriculum researcher and developer to the Bureau for Curriculum Development and Evaluation where, inter alia, she acted as co-leader in a world first project for the evaluation of the broad curriculum presented in schools of the Department of Education and Culture: National Assembly.
Junita was also responsible for the compilation and presentation of radio programmes for the SABC on the core syllabus for History for several years.
After 1995 she was appointed by ABSA as Educational Project Leader of the AGN Power Matric initiative (an opportunity for previously disadvantaged persons to complete Grade 12) and also handled various ad hoc research projects on a contractual basis.
In addition to her experience in education, she acted as Public Relations Officer for Perskor Publishers for a number of years and was later appointed as Academic Publisher for Lex Patria Publishers, mainly responsible for the publication of law books.
Junita is currently in the process of being admitted as an advocate of the High Court and is also a registered insolvency practitioner.
She lives in Brooklyn, Pretoria and acts as the political head of Constituency 3 of the Gauteng North region.
Junita is married to Gerhard Lourens, an attorney of Pretoria.
Her quote: "Work is love made visible"
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