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James Lorimer

Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources

James Lorimer was born in Johannesburg in 1962 and educated at St Stithians College.

While still at University, James began work as a freelance journalist and achieved a post on South Africa's first independent radio station, Capital Radio from 1981.

He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA degree.

James worked for International Broadcasting Services in London in the mid-1980's and on completion of His South African military service, was appointed Capital Radio's Deputy News and Sports Editor in 1989, advancing to Editor within 2 years.

He also worked freelance for among others, US National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

After a contract as morning news anchor on Radio 702 during South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 James started Network Radio Services in 1995, serving as its Chief Executive Officer for four years.

From 1999, James acted as a media consultant and trainer in South Africa and in Indonesia, East Timor, Tanzania, Sudan and Thailand.

In 2003, he entered politics as Tony Leon's Media Director, thereafter progressing to the national media team and as the Media and Research Director for the DA caucus in the Gauteng Legislature.

James currently serves the DA as Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources.

He is married to Paddi Clay and they have a son.

His interests are angling and oriental studies.

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