A source confirmed to Channel24 that Dorah Sitole died on Sunday, aged 67.
Human & Rousseau publishers released a statement following Dorah’s death, saying: “It was with great shock and sadness that we at Human & Rousseau heard about the death this morning of Dorah Sitole from Covid complications.”
“Dorah was a significant icon, respected and loved by all who met her,” the statement continued.
The author’s latest release, 40 Years of Iconic Food, was published in October 2020 and is a celebration of the writer’s culinary journey, which took her “from a hungry childhood in the townships to kitchens and cuisines across Africa and beyond”.
Dorah was a former editor and food editor of True Love magazine
An accomplished food writer, food stylist, recipe developer and a trained Cordon Bleu chef, Dorah travelled and cooked internationally and showcased South African cuisine on the world stage.
Eloise Wessels, CEO of NB Publishers, said: “Dorah Sitole was not only an icon of the South African culinary landscape but was a pioneer in popularising traditional and contemporary African cooking and cuisine in a broader context; she was also a lovely, kind and deeply generous person. We shall miss her terribly.”
Olinka Nel, Procurement Director of CNA said: “Dorah paved the way for a whole new generation of black female chefs in South Africa, and will always be remembered as a cultural pioneer. It has been such an honour to sell her books and to launch her last gift to the nation. Everyone at CNA is devastated by the news.”
”It’s with great shock and sadness that we greet Dorah Sitole today. VIA was so lucky and honoured to have included her in our recent Christmas cooking specials that just broadcasted a few days ago and is still available on Channel24 – her sudden departure is unfathomable. Dorah was a part of the Media24 family and besides being a trailblazer for South African cooking, she was always enthusiastic, caring and so humble. Her death is a massive loss to journalism and South Africa. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.,’ said Izelle Venter, Head Media24TV.
Tributes poured in from around the world:
I am so heartbroken about Mama Dorah Sitole
— Sindisiwe (@sindivanzyl) January 4, 2021
RIP: Legendary food editor Mam’ Dora has passed
— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) January 4, 2021
The doyenne has passed.
— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) January 4, 2021
Truly heartbroken to hear of Mam Dorah Sitole’s passing. She was so accomplished, so humble & so so kind.
I got to interview this legend on @chicatravelpod & we talked about her new book, travel & her dream to open a Dorah Sitole Cooking school.
— Miss Lelo (@MsLeloB) January 4, 2021
So shocked to hear of the untimely death of dear @Dorah Sithole. I interviewed her on my @KayaFMTalk show recently on the launch of her latest cookbook. Such a loss. Condolences to her family. pic.twitter.com/WeyWNbtyay
— Jenny Crwys Williams (@jcwLIFE) January 4, 2021
We would like to extend our condolences on the passing of the seasoned chef, Mama #DorahSitole. Thank you for shining the culinary spotlight on the flavours of Africa. #RIPDorahSitole [Pic: @NBPublishers] pic.twitter.com/XyeZlBLDEC
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) January 4, 2021
Going down memory lane. The wonderful Dorah Sithole cooked live in studio on my Aljazeera show, South2North. She brought her world class talent and dazzling smile. Rest in peace Dorah. You will be surely missed. https://t.co/t8F5ZMZleT
— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) January 5, 2021
RIP Dorah Sitole
A South African culinary icon. Damn you, covid-19
Condolences to her family and everyone who knew her. pic.twitter.com/AKIrfauh3S
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) January 4, 2021
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