It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague Brenda Leibowitz, who died unexpectedly on 26 April 2018.

Brenda was the beating heart of the SARiHE project and her contribution to this research had been and will always be immense. Right from the start of our collaboration, Brenda kept us on our toes, always responding so speedily to any communications and always making us think more about any particular issue. It is certain we would not have got the funding for the project without Brenda. It was her previous and excellent work on rurality that was the starting point, together with the ambitious work she had been doing with the SAULT forum, a collaboration with colleagues across nine southern African countries which in and of itself was a hugely impressive endeavour that Brenda had initiated and continued to nurture. Many of us were together in Johannesburg a few weeks ago and marvelled at Brenda’s stamina and continuing ability to drive our work forward intellectually and practically. We had four days of really excellent work together and that is some comfort as we were all excited about what is coming out and we were able to share that excitement with Brenda. We remember her kindness and the personal support she gave to so many of us, even when she was so poorly herself, she always thought of others. We all owe her a huge debt of gratitude and as we move forward we will find ways to keep her centre stage in our work, sitting on our shoulders and talking in our ears. We are all devastated to lose her but hope SARiHE can be a continuation of her important legacy.

Other tributes to Brenda:

A tribute to Brenda Leibowitz (6 Jun blog post)