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Annelie Lotriet

Shadow Minister of Higher Education and Training

Dr Lotriet was born in Johannesburg and matriculated at the Hoërskool Linden.

She continued her studies at the Rand Afrikaans University where she obtained a BA Languages majoring in English and Latin.

Her passion for education, led Dr Lotriet to achieve a D.Ed with specialisation in Higher Education. 

Dr Lotriet then lectured in the Department of Education at Vista University in Bloemfontein from 1985 to 1994 before her appointment as senior lecturer at the University of the Free State, initially at the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment, and later in the Department of Afroasiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice.

She progressed to initially associate professor in the department before her appointment as head of the department.

During this time, Dr Lotriet participated in key projects, which included; the training and management of the interpreting service at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the training of interpreters for all levels of government.  

Between1985 and 2000 Dr Lotriet served on the OFM Board of Directors She entered local politics in 2000 serving as a DA ward councillor in Mangaung for 6 years.

Her current constituency is the Eastern Free State.

Dr Lotriet has further applied her dedicated service to many provincial and national committees, boards and associations, and was a member of the Pan South African Language Board.

Dr Lotriet currently serves the DA as Shadow Minister of Higher Education and Training. She is married to Pieter and they have four sons who all attend University.

Dr Lotriet's philosophy is to never expect others to do what you are not prepared to do yourself.

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