MEDIA RELEASE FROM WITS UNIVERSITY

ATTENTION: NEWS EDITORS AND REPORTERS

DATE: MONDAY, 14 JULY 2014

MESSAGE FROM THE WITS VICE-CHANCELLOR ON THE PASSING OF NADINE GORDIMER

Wits University has learnt with deep sadness of the passing of one of its most illustrious alumni, a great
South African writer, and one of the world’s most esteemed literary figures, Nadine Gordimer. The
University wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to her family, friends and the entire South African
literary and academic community.

Gordimer was a dear friend to Wits, maintaining a lifelong connection to the University, and giving
generously of her time. She often appeared on campus to participate in colloquia and alumni events. In
addition, the Nadine Gordimer Lectures brought other luminaries such as Susan Sontag, Amartya Sen
and Carlos Fuentes to Wits.

Gordimer studied at Wits where she mixed for the first time with fellow professionals from diverse
racial, class and national backgrounds. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from
the University in 1984, in recognition of her immense contribution to literature and the transformation
of South African society.

As a Nobel Prize-winning author, a powerful political activist, and a revered intellect, she epitomised all
that Wits University holds dear. She will be greatly missed by the Wits community.

Professor Adam Habib
Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand

ENDS

Issued by:

KANINA FOSS
Senior Communications Officer
Advancement and Partnerships Division
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

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