Kobus Louw

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There are two people by the name of Kobus Louw involved in the performing arts in South Africa

Kobus Louw (1945-1983?)

Playwright, radio and TV scriptwriter, journalist.


Born in Ventersburg, Orange Free State, he completed his high school at Grey College, Bloemfontein, in 1962. After a year as a conscript in the South African Air Force, , studied for a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Orange Free State, finishing in 1966.


He joined the staff of Die Volksblad in Bloemfontein as a reporter in 1967, and in this period began to write plays for radio. In 1969 he moved to Johannesburg, to become a press agent for a film company and later joined the editorial staff of Die Huisgenoot, a popular weekly magazine.

In 1975 he joined SABC TV as a scriptwriter.

He married to Lynette Joubert, and the couple had two children, a son and a daughter.

Louw tragically died of a heart attack in 1982/3?.

Contribution to Theatre, Film, Media and Performance in South Africa

Louw wrote numerous radio plays, of which the haunting one-act Die Watertoring is perhaps the best (broadcast in 19**, published in 197*). His radio series Die Seepsteenbataljon was broadcast by the SABC in June 1972. In January 1978 it was presented as a television series by SABC TV. Published by Tafelberg-Uitgewers in 1978.

He truly became a household name with his TV scripts, the most famous of these being Willem (1976), a comic detective series which made Tobie Cronjé nationally famous , Dokter Dokter (a sitcom set in a hospital, 1976-1977), and Drama-Drama (1978).

Kobus Louw (197*-)

Director, Videographer and Editor.


Completed his schooling at Strand High School (1990-1995), then did a course in Graphic Design, at the Kensington and Chelsea College, London (1998) and a workshop for Advertising Art (Art Directors Workshop, Cape Town, 2000). Followed this up by a range of courses on aspects of film making at various institutions, including American Independent Cinema, (Edinburgh University, Edinburgh) and Introduction to Filmmaking (Panico Productions, London) in 2002, courses in Camera Assistants (2003, 2004) and one in Film and Documentary Lighting (Media Film Services, Cape Town, 2010)



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