South Africans have taken to social media to express their shock and sorrow following the death of Jacana Media Publisher Nadia Goetham on Sunday.
Goetham’s family confirmed she died of a COVID-19 related medical condition.
Doing this with a heavy heart! We love you sis. Going to miss you. ❤ pic.twitter.com/6F7DFawZWG
— Ian Goetham (@IanGoetham) April 25, 2021
“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,” the family’s statement read.
According to SABC, Goetham joined Jacana in 2015 as a production manager. In her short biography, she says she was soon bitten by the publishing bug and she moved to chasing authors and stories.
Many have expressed their condolences on Twitter.
This afternoon I lost my best friend of 25 years. Today, 2 years ago this was us in Buenas Aires. Yesterday we spoke about Croatia. Rest in Power Nadia. Love you always. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/UfDdR4nrlD
— RHODA DAVIDS 🇿🇦 (@RhodaDavids) April 25, 2021
— Heinrich Magerman (@NamaKhoiX) April 26, 2021
I was lucky enough to have Nadia Goetham as my first book publisher.
Warm hearted, utterly dedicated to the task, encouraging all the time and critical when needed.
The industry has lost someone special. @Annemaggsart and I sent our deepest sympathies to her family
— Maggs (@maggsonmedia) April 26, 2021
Extremely saddened and stunned by the sudden death of #Nadia Goetham. It seem as though one minute she was tweeting and on WhatsApp and the next she was gone. Yet another wonderful, young, lovely talented person lost to this world. Condolences to her family, friends and Jacana
— Anne Maggs (@Annemaggsart) April 26, 2021
Such sad news. I worked with #NadiaGoetham on a few projects for @JacanaMedia. Such a nice mensch – passionate about books, people and people’s stories. My sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. She will be missed. #RIPNadiaGoetham https://t.co/yCzmh4iNDq
— Ilse Salzwedel (@ilsesalzwedel) 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
Nadia Goetham. My friend. I am gonna miss your craziness. I am heartbroken. 😭😭 RIP my gorgeous friend. pic.twitter.com/uNy1rEDbHz
— Gavin Wildschutt-Prins 🏳️🌈 (@Gavin_Prins) April 25, 2021