Launch of Pahad memoir

On Thursday 7 December 2023, the Centre for Africa-China Studies and Real African Publishers hosted the launch of ‘A Life Committed: A memoir’, by the late Dr Essop Pahad.


  • Ronnie Kasrils, former Minister for Intelligence Services, former member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC), and former member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP).
  • Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, lead independent director of Exxaro, non-executive board member of the Standard Bank Group, and chair of the Tiger Brands board.
  • Oscar van Heerden, International Relations scholar.

About the book

A Life Committed is the memoir of a revolutionary whose diverse experiences with other progressive people and movements, local and international, enabled him to deepen his understanding of how to better face the challenges confronting South Africa, Africa and the world. The book is spiced with anecdotes from his impressive memory archive and lightened by his mischievous sense of humour. Profiles of his mentors and friends from liberation movements and workers’ parties provide insight into his fierce integrity, compassion and humanity.

From the foreword by Thabo Mbeki

‘More than a biography, this book is an educative tour through many decades of struggles for our liberation and for a better world.’

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