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Pan Macmillan Mourns the Loss of Activist Amina Cachalia

When Hope and History RhymeIt is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Amina Cachalia, one of South Africa’s leading struggle activists and icons, who passed away yesterday.

Many of the staff at Pan Macmillan have had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know Amina and her family over the past year while working with her on her absorbing memoir, When Hope and History Rhyme, which is due for release at the end of February 2013.

Through Amina’s memoir we have experienced her life growing up in Johannesburg and becoming politically involved, her long-lasting friendships and close relationships with so many activists, her love for and marriage to her husband Yusuf Cachalia, her close bond with her children Ghaleb and Coco and their families, and her unwavering belief in and commitment to a better society for all.

Despite her diminutive size, Amina always seemed to fill the room as she regaled us with many personal stories that were full of warmth and humour. She remained humble despite her enormous contribution to the fight against apartheid and continued to speak out against injustice.

Sadly, Amina did not get to see her book published but she did see the final versions of both the text and the beautiful cover and she was very happy with how the project had taken shape.

May her life and legacy continue to inspire South Africans to achieve a just and better country for all who live in it.

Our thoughts are with Amina’s family, especially her son Ghaleb and daughter Coco and their families, at this sad time.

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