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In memory of Lieze Kotze

In memory of Lieze Kotze

19 October 2018

We are sad to announce that Lieze Kotze, Regional Director of OUP in Africa, passed away peacefully last night, following a diagnosis of cancer earlier this year.

Lieze made an enormous contribution to OUP and leaves a legacy of passion, wisdom, and commitment. She inspired her colleagues on a daily basis, with words of encouragement and an infectious passion for education.

Lieze started her career in Publishing at Heinemann Publishers, later joining OUP South Africa as Managing Director in 2005. With her leadership and enthusiasm for education, she has grown the business from strength to strength over the past 13 years, and became Director for the Africa Region when that part of our business was founded in 2011. It was her initiative and vision that led to our partnership with the Mandela Rhodes Foundation who became a shareholder in OUPSA in 2008.

Lieze also played a significant role in the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA), and was always excited to meet industry colleagues at PASA meetings. She was brave in tackling industry issues, including being part of the team that initiated the annual industry survey.

Kate Harris, Managing Director of Oxford Education, spoke of Lieze’s time at the Press: ‘It is impossible to set out here everything Lieze has contributed to OUP, and indeed to the wider publishing industry in Africa, but I feel deeply privileged that my working relationship with Lieze spilled over into friendship. Lieze was an incredible leader, who constantly inspired and challenged the teams she led, and the many friends she made across the Press. ’ 

In honour of Lieze’s memory, we will continue to strive to make a difference to the lives of learners all over Africa, as we remember the life and passion of Lieze Kotze (1965–2018).