Ve­te­ran jour­na­list re­ti­res af­ter 26 yrs

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A­li­da de Beer

Jour­na­list Pau­li­ne Lou­rens has re­ti­red af­ter 25 y­e­ars at Group E­di­tors. The e­ner­ge­tic Lou­rens will not be res­ting on her lau­rels, but by the ti­me t­his ar­ti­cle is pu­blis­hed, she will ha­ve ar­ri­ved in Eu­ro­pe w­he­re she will spend so­me ti­me ho­li­daying in the Net­her­lands and look­ing at ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the UK w­he­re her sis­ter li­ves.

“It has been fun and a pri­vi­le­ge to ha­ve been part of a de­di­ca­ted and pro­fes­si­o­nal te­am at the Ge­or­ge He­rald. I’m le­a­ving with ma­ny a­ne­cdo­tes and fond me­mo­ries. To my friends and sup­por­ters, I just sim­ply say, ‘Tot­siens, see you soon’,” Lou­rens said be­fo­re her de­par­tu­re.

With a lo­ve of li­fe and pe­op­le, wi­de­ran­ging in­te­re­sts and ge­ne­ral kno­w­led­ge, a warm per­so­na­li­ty and sen­se of ad­ven­tu­re, Lou­rens per­fect­ly fit­ted the job of jour­na­list. As a young­ster she obtai­ned a cer­ti­fi­ca­te in bu­si­ness trai­ning and did En­g­lish stu­dies at U­ni­sa be­fo­re em­bar­king on her jour­na­lis­tic ca­reer in 1984 w­hen she joi­ned Cax­ton. She spent 10 y­e­ars with the Bed­ford­view and E­den­va­le News.

She joi­ned the Ge­or­ge He­rald te­am in 1992 w­hen she mo­ved to Ge­or­ge with her hus­band, Jaap, and their son, Ja­c­ques.

Lou­rens’s good net­wor­king skills and in­sa­ti­a­ble cu­ri­o­si­ty led her to wri­te sto­ries on a wi­de ran­ge of to­pi­cs - arts and en­ter­tai­n­ment, bu­si­ness and tra­vel, c­ri­me and le­gal mat­ters, so­ci­al and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­su­es. She is a true green­ie at he­art and through the y­e­ars u­sed the pen with re­sol­ve to shi­ne the lig­ht on cru­ci­al en­vi­ron­men­tal mat­ters. W­hen she got her teeth in­to a s­to­ry, she would not let go until she got to the bottom of it.

Her job as jour­na­list led to her in­vol­vement in com­mu­ni­ty pro­jects and im­pro­ving the qua­li­ty of li­fe for pe­op­le. At one ti­me she was pu­blic re­la­ti­ons of­fi­cer for the Pro­fes­si­o­nal Bu­si­ness Wo­men’s Club, w­he­re she was in­vol­ved in keeping se­ver­al worthy pro­jects af­lo­at.

She was al­so part of a pro­ject which re­sul­ted in a crè­che o­w­ner being a­ble to mo­ve from a le­a­king shack to a so­lid struc­tu­re that to­day ac­com­mo­da­tes 40 c­hild­ren.

Pau­li­ne, you will be mis­sed. Loop mooi!

Pe­ter Mool­man (rig­ht), o­w­ner of Group E­di­tors, says a word at the fa­re­well of Pau­li­ne Lou­rens. With them is her hus­band Jaap. P­ho­to: Wes­sel van Heer­den

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