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Marianne Louw

Lecturer and Head of Section: Communication and Media Studies, School of Social Science


Tel: +27 11 950 4085

Since 2012, Marianne Louw is the head of the section Communication and Media Studies in the School of Social Science, where she lectures Interpersonal Communication, Public Relations and the Media, and Consulting. She has 23 years’ experience in communication, media and journalism and is one of the leading authorities on interpersonal communication in South Africa.


Marianne holds a Master’s degree in Leadership (University of Johannesburg) and an Honours degree in Communication (University of the Free State), and is currently working on her doctorate in Interpersonal Leadership Communication. She is also a qualified life and business coach.


Marianne co-authored the most comprehensive South African textbook on interpersonal communication:

  • Louw, M & Du-Plooy-Cilliers, F. 2014. Let’s talk about interpersonal communication (4th edition). Cape Town: Pearson.

She also wrote a chapter each in two other textbooks:

  • Du Plooy-Cilliers, F, Davis, C & Bezuidenhout, R.  2014.  Research matters. Cape Town: Juta. ISBN 978-1-48510-201-4.
  • Verwey, S & Du Plooy-Cilliers, F. 2003. Strategic organisational communication: Paradigms and paradoxes. Sandown: Heinemann.

She co-authored the following journal article:

  • Smith, DPJ & Louw, M. 2007. Conceptualisation of the spiritual life dimension: A personal and professional leadership perspective. SA Journal of Human Resource Management, 5(1):19-27.
Research focus

Marianne’s main research areas are interpersonal communication and leadership communication. She is also interested in emotional intelligence and spiritual intelligence.

Career path

Marianne started her career as a journalist on the general editorial staff of the daily afternoon paperTransvaler.

She then became a junior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg and later lectured part-time at the Vaal University of Technology.

She returned to journalism, this time for magazines, progressing from freelance reporter for SOUL magazine (a monthly inspirational magazine for black women), to copy editor for JOY! magazine (a monthly lifestyle magazine for women), to editor of JOY! and managing editor of SOUL.

In 1999, she founded her own business, focusing on training and coaching in leadership and communication. She also edited several self-help books by authors such as Gary Player, Hettie Brittz and Natasha Sutherland.

She joined Monash SA in 2011 as a sessional lecturer.

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