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Sunday, June 23, 2013


Respected Durban author Aziz Hassim died peacefully at his home on June 14, 2013, at the age of 77 after a short illness.

The winner of a Sanlam Literary Award in 2001, he was passionate about his roots which were based in the Casbah, what is now known as the Grey Street complex, and this area became the inspiration for his debut novel The Lotus People. Further acclaimed publications included The Revenge of Kali and The Agony of Valliamma.

In a tribute to Aziz Hassim in the Sunday Tribune (June 16, 2013), friend and colleague Dennis Pather stated the author “always resembled a distinguished academic at work, surrounded by shelves overflowing with novels, newspapers and manuscripts.

“For the writer of three successful books, the image was hardly surprising. But if you bothered to scratch a little below the surface, you would have discovered a streetwise romantic at heart.”
On Facebook, well-known actor, director and playwright Neil Coppen said: “Very sad to hear about the passing of celebrated writer and friend Aziz Hassim. I will always remember him as a compulsive storyteller, a man who enabled me to re- explore and imagine the city of Durban through his enchanted and gentle eyes.”

Another successful actor, director and playwright, Rajesh Gopie, also placed his tribute on Facebook: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of Aziz Hassim. Aziz believed in me and my work. He supported me, tried in everyway to help Indian stories and theatre find prominence. In 2005 he personally raised R25,000 for me to put on The Coolie Odyssey at the Playhouse. We have lost a great man. Rest in peace!”