Jacana Media Publisher, Nadia Goetham, passed away on Sunday afternoon. Her family released a statement on social media confirming her death. She succumbed to COVID-19-related complications.
The Johannesburg-based company has paid tribute to the respected publisher on its Twitter account, saying that she is a publishing dynamo.
Several people have reacted on Twitter to the news of Goetham’s passing. She was well respected for encouraging and publishing young black authors. Nadia Goetham was well respected for promoting and publishing young black authors. She joined Jacana Media in September 2015, first as a production manager before becoming a publisher committed to bringing new authors’ work to print.
“Nadia, who carved her early career in print journalism, later made her mark in the book publishing arena. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Her death was swift and untimely. Our hearts are shattered,” her family said.
“We love you sis. Going to miss you,” her brother posted on Twitter.
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2. Living Coloured: Because Black and White Were Already Taken by Yusuf Daniels
3. Dijo: My food journey by Lesego Semenya
4. Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams by Jamil F Khan
5. From Marabastad to Mogadishu: The Journey of an ANC Soldier by Hassen Ebrahim
6. Black Twitter, Blitz and A Boerie As Long As Your Leg: And other South African national treasures by Hagen Engler
7. Beaten but not Broken by Vanessa Govender
8. Coach: The life and soccer times of Clive Barker by Michael Marnewick
9. Two Minutes to Midnight: How the ANC survived Nasrec 2017 by Oscar van Heerden
10. Indentured: Behind the scenes at Gupta TV by Rajesh Sundaram
Doing this with a heavy heart! We love you sis. Going to miss you. ❤ pic.twitter.com/6F7DFawZWG
— Ian Goetham (@IanGoetham) April 25, 2021
Never met anyone as obsessed with storytelling and storytellers as she was. She connected so many people and changed so many lives. We will miss your positive energy and your big heart #RIPNadiaGoetham ??? pic.twitter.com/FzVNyKSFlP
— Donovan Goliath (@DonovanGoliath) April 26, 2021
Can’t sleep. Life is too cruel. This was Nadia Goetham in a nutshell. Always in your corner. Rest well, my friend. pic.twitter.com/eBvjmnlZQS
— Gasant Abarder (@GasantAbarder) April 26, 2021
Just over a week ago, the literary world was mourning the loss of Phumlani Pikoli. With great sadness we say goodbye to Nadia Goetham. She was a kind, soulful woman who brought much laughter and banter to the TL. May her beautiful soul rest in peace. ?? pic.twitter.com/cU5VpDnVVF
— Sue Nyathi (@SueNyathi) April 25, 2021