Mr. Gordon Choaro Louw

Mr. Gordon Choaro Louw was born in Kimberley and attended a Catholic school, where he was also baptized and has gone on to be a lay minister.

In his late teens he had to leave school and go into hiding due to unrests, and left Kimberley to work as a labourer at an abattoir, studying towards matric at the same time. He joined De Beers Consolidated Mines in Kimberley as an apprentice electrician in 1984 and worked in the various mines in Kimberley, before joining Impala Platinum Mines in Rustenburg as an underground electrician. He was a member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and soon became involved in the education and training structures of the union, most notably its National Education Sub-Committee (NESCO).


In the mid 1990’s, Mr. Louw was recruited as an employee by the NUM and became the National Education and Training Policy Co-ordinator. He was delegated to membership of the Board of the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA), which had been legislated by the Mine Health and Safety Act. He was also a Board member of the Mining Industry Engineering Trades Training Board (MIETTB), as well as the Eskom and Allied Industries Training Board (EAITB), which were under the National Training Board, on which he also served prior to its transformation to the National Skills Authority (NSA).


He also sat in a number of committees such as the MQA’s Standards Generating Body and Standards Generating Group for qualifications and Unit Standards for the electrical trade, Quality Assurance Committee and Accreditation Sub-committee and similar committees in the Energy SETA, of which he was also Board Chairperson, and participated in the inaugural Unit Standards Generating initiative under the auspices of the Metal Engineering Training Board and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and which was funded by the then-GTZ (now GIZ).

He was actively involved in the trade union movements’ participation in the transition from the Manpower Training Act to the Skills Development Act and Skills Development Levies Act.


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