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Activist and Author Achmat Dangor Passes Away

South African activist and author Achmat Dangor has died on Sunday at the age of 71, a month away from his 72nd birthday. Dangor was a renowned author who formed Black Thoughts with other writers in opposition to and as an alternative to the Bantu Education system. He was also a leading light in the developmental sector, leading in a range of non-governmental organisations, including Kagiso Trust, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Foundation, and the Independent Development Trust (IDT).

Achmat Dangor with Nelson Mandela
Achmat Dangor with South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, Nelson Mandela | Image Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation

Dangor as a South African writer and poet, his most important works include the novels Kafka’s Curse and Bitter Fruit. He also authored three collections of poetry, a novella and a short story collection.

The passing of Achmat Dangor has left us feeling bereft. He led the Nelson Mandela Foundation through a time of transition as Madiba stepped away from public life and mentored many of us in the process. Our thoughts are with his family, especially his partner Audrey and son Zac, at this difficult time.

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