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Bertus Louw - SynNovator

Bertus Louw is an independent consultant specializing in the fields of creativity, media, tourism, relief work and sustainable development.  His association with SynNovation started in 2007 at a workshop for NGO’s involved in relief efforts after the South East Asian tsunami.  He is also a film maker and field presenter for the well-known environmental TV programme, 50/50, on SABC. Since then he has been involved in the facilitation of SynNovation workshops for large organizations as well as with teachers and learners at Gauteng schools.

Bertus obtained a National Diploma in Film and Video Technology from the Film Academy at Tshwane University of Technology in 2000.  Since then he has worked on productions for major national and international broadcasters such as the SABC, eTV, M-Net, KykNet, Supersport, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel.  His work included wild life, travel, sport, corporate, entertainment and educational productions and has taken him to remote corners of the world.  He lectured on Film Production at 13th floor (a Performing Arts Company) and at various schools.  He helped develop an electronic children’s newspaper for South African schools and acted as assistant editor for the publication.

Bertus has a strong commitment to the work of NGOs and is driven by a passion for people, the environment and education. He has been involved with relief work in war-torn Northern Iraq and Sudan as well as at major natural disasters in Turkey, Iran and Indonesia.  He was involved in the development of a psycho-social intervention programme for teachers in collaboration with UNICEF and the Indonesian Department of Education in Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 South East Asian tsunami.  He has presented the material together with psychologists and other professionals on different occasions to Indonesian, Iranian, Turkish, Armenian, South African and Zimbabwean teachers and volunteers. 

Bertus has developed and presented material on natural disasters to primary school learners at various schools across South Africa and Switzerland.  He also facilitated exercises on cultural orientation and sensitivity to various groups.  As a youth worker he has organised cross-cultural and service projects for young people in the UK, Europe, the Far East, Central Asia, the Middle-East, as well as North and Southern Africa. 

Bertus’ involvement in tourism includes both local and international projects and covers a broad scope from luxury European tours to community tourism development in rural areas of South Africa.

He is currently part of the development of a sustainable community in the Magaliesberg region, making use of permaculture design principles. You can follow Bertus on twitter and visit his website at www.mopkop.co.za.