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‘Our hearts are shattered’ – Tributes pour in for media maven Nadia Goetham

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Publisher and media guru Nadia Goetham passed away on Sunday night. Her family confirmed the sad news via a short statement on Twitter.

Nadia Goetham passed away on Sunday. Picture: Instagram

TH SOUTH African publishing community is mourning the death of publisher Nadia Goetham.

Her family confirmed that she passed from a Covid-19-related illness on Sunday.

In a short statement released on Sunday night, the Goetham family said details of the memorial service and funeral would be announced in due course.

The family said: “Nadia, who carved her early career in print journalism and later made her mark in the book publishing arena, will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Her death was swift and untimely. Our hearts are shattered.”

Publishing house, BlackBirdBooks founder, Thabiso Mahlape, said Goetham believed in Blackbird Books when no one else did.

“When we were written off and blackballed, Nadia stood up for us, sometimes at great personal cost.

“If anything, we will seek to carry on if only to see her dream for us to become a reality. As she so often said: ’Where there’s a will, there is a way.’ We will try to find our will again.”

Mahlape said that out of respect for Goetham, BlackBirdBooks would attend to only urgent queries which could impact on certain orders.

Tributes have been flooding social media following news of Goetham’s death.