MALINI MOHANA

Malini Mohana was brilliant, beautiful inside and out, sarcastic, hilarious, adventurous, driven and fearless. She raged uncompromisingly against patriarchy, prejudice in all its forms and the ideologies and systems that keep our South African and global societies so uneven.

 

Her distinguished career includes years at Nal'ibali, an organisation dedicated to youth, reading and learning in South African communities. As a Clinical Psychologist (M.Sc UCT), she turned her expertise to serving on the front lines of community clinics in Johannesburg. She was appalled by the imbalances and apathy in the healthcare system that she was exposed to on a constant basis and she was working towards raising awareness and trying to make a change. She was growing into a published thought leader, and her work appeared in South African and international academic publications and news outlets, including the Daily Maverick, The Star, Mahala.com, The Hindu Times and more. 

 

Malini gave all of herself, on a professional and a personal level. She attracted goodness, touched people and lives, from her friends to her patients. She set her sights on bigger and bigger goals, and everywhere she went she made her mark, from her years of study in KZN to her six years in Cape Town and ultimately to Johannesburg. In her 18 months there, she was achieving a new level of self-realisation and was intimately involved in projects that would have had lasting impact on mental health, health care workers and their support networks in SA.

 

She lived life to the fullest. She was adventurous. She took risks. She had a love for travel, and at the same time left no stone unturned in her homes in her many homes. Between Cape Town and Johannesburg, she had the inside track on the coolest jazz bars, best markets, festivals and events. She was a voracious reader and cinephile, from high concept art films to ‘so stupid you can’t stop watching’ TV shows. She was an incredible writer. She painted. She drew. She loved getting lost on beaches, in mountains and in stars. She knew what she wanted from life, and what she didn't and she was on a constant journey towards bettering herself. She loved hard, and she was loved hard in return, by her partner, her family and her long list of friends and colleagues. 

Malini was born in Kerala, India, and raised in South Africa. She died suddenly and unexpectedly in Johannesburg on Thursday 18 June 2020, from natural causes. Her legacy and work live on. 

5 September 1989 - 18 June 2020

Malini Mohana was brilliant, beautiful inside and out, sarcastic, hilarious, adventurous, driven and fearless. She raged uncompromisingly against patriarchy, prejudice in all its forms and the ideologies and systems that keep our South African and global societies so uneven.

 

Her distinguished career includes years at Nal'ibali, an organisation dedicated to youth, reading and learning in South African communities. As a Clinical Psychologist (M.Sc UCT), she turned her expertise to serving on the front lines of community clinics in Johannesburg.

 

She was appalled by the imbalances and apathy in the healthcare system that she was exposed to on a constant basis and she was working towards raising awareness and trying to make a change. She was growing into a published thought leader, and her work appeared in South African and international academic publications and news outlets, including the Daily Maverick, The Star, Mahala.com, The Hindu Times and more. 

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Malini gave all of herself, on a professional and a personal level. She attracted goodness, touched people and lives, from her friends to her patients. She set her sights on bigger and bigger goals, and everywhere she went she made her mark, from her years of study in KZN to her six years in Cape Town and ultimately to Johannesburg. In her 18 months there, she was achieving a new level of self-realisation and was intimately involved in projects that would have had lasting impact on mental health, health care workers and their support networks in SA.

 

She lived life to the fullest. She was adventurous. She took risks. She had a love for travel, and at the same time left no stone unturned in her homes in her many homes. Between Cape Town and Johannesburg, she had the inside track on the coolest jazz bars, best markets, festivals and events. She was a voracious reader and cinephile, from high concept art films to ‘so stupid you can’t stop watching’ TV shows. 

 

She was an incredible writer. She painted. She drew. She loved getting lost on beaches, in mountains and in stars. She knew what she wanted from life, and what she didn't and she was on a constant journey towards bettering herself. She loved hard, and she was loved hard in return, by her partner, her family and her long list of friends and colleagues. 

Malini was born in Kerala, India, and raised in South Africa. She died suddenly and unexpectedly in Johannesburg on Thursday 18 June 2020, from natural causes. Her legacy and work live on.