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Amanda Minnaar
  • 53 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 28, 1962
  • Place of birth:
    Florida, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Date of passing: Sep 26, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Amanda het meer oor ander omgegee as oor haarself
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Amanda Minnaar, 53, born on July 28, 1962 and passed away on September 26, 2015. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Denise Metcalfe on 26th September 2016

"Amanda, you are missed very much. You touched our lives in a special way and are a continual source of inspiration. RIP"

This tribute was added by Riette De Kock on 28th July 2016

"'n Protea vir Amanda vandag.  Haar nagedagtenis leef voort deur soveel studente en kollegas wat sy ondersteun het op so baie maniere."

This tribute was added by Rachélle Gauton on 28th July 2016

"You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she's gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

David Harkins (1959 - )

Ek mis jou so my liefste sussie. Rus in vrede."

This tribute was added by Denise Metcalfe on 28th July 2016

"Happy birthday Amanda! You are missed but forever in our memories."

This tribute was added by Linda Fullard on 28th July 2016

"Op jou verjaardag mis ons jou so 'n bietjie meer as elke ander dag."

This tribute was added by Denise Metcalfe on 1st February 2016

"Amanda's humanism will always inspire me to be a better person.  She had a profound influence on me for which I will always be grateful and I miss her kind words of encouragement, mentoring and wisdom as I continue my doctoral studies without her at my side. Amanda, thank you for the inspiration you were not only to me but to many others. RIP."

This tribute was added by Solomon Makanjuola on 5th December 2015

"I never met  Prof. Amanda Minaarr physically but I got to interact with her via email and phone interview when seeking for a PhD admission to University of Pretoria in 2010. And she offered me a place ... . I was fascinated by her warmth  and niceness during the interactions we had and I kept tracking her work since then. It is quite unfortunate we lost such  a brilliant and amiable fellow... Amanda, you have contributed your best to the Food Science community and your works will not keep quiet, they will continually speak for you ... Adieu"

This tribute was added by Marguerite Halversen on 3rd December 2015

"I met Amanda at the 2012 Dry Grain Pulses CRSP meeting in Rwanda and was immediately drawn in by her friendly and open manner. Her warmth made many of us new to the Pulse CRSP organization feel welcome and a group of us became friends, dining together and visiting during the conference. She was a wonderful researcher, teacher, and colleague, who departed this life too soon. She is greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Karen Charlton on 28th October 2015

"Amanda was a passionate, advocate for food security. A very big loss to the South African scientific community. Rest in peace, and may her legacy continue"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Nleya on 16th October 2015

"Her smile is what I will remember her the most by ..........RIP Prof. Minnaar, one of the warmest people I have ever known."

This tribute was added by Fidelis Ocloo on 16th October 2015

"Prof Amanda Minnaar was my co-supervisor during my PhD program at the Department of Food Science, University of Pretoria. She was a mother, friend, teacher and mentor to me. I have learned a lot from her and indeed contributed to my academic and career life. She will really be missed. Prof., you have made a significant contribution to the community of Food Science and Technology in the world. Fare thee well. May your soul rest in the blossom of our Maker."

This tribute was added by Geremew Bultosa on 15th October 2015

"Professor A. Minnaar was a great colleague and mentor who encourages everybody to achieve best. She was always honest, charming and supportive. She praises the success of others. We lost a female role model Professor and her leadership. Her legacy will remain.
Let GOD keep her soul in peace."

This tribute was added by Luke Mugode on 14th October 2015

"For there comes a time for all of us when we must say goodbye,
But memories of you Professor Amanda Minnaar, will Live on and never die. My careers as a Food Scientist were shaped by your good leadership and inspiration at the department in the years you admitted me into the department. For this I am grateful and will find it hard to forget your humble heart as a mentor. Even though things appeared hard  your being there made it happen. May your soul find a good place to rest in eternal peace"

This tribute was added by Tinashe Kapuya on 12th October 2015

"Professor Amanda Minnaar, I cannot claim to have known you well, but for the three years I worked with you (2009-2012), I remember you as a kindhearted and softspoken human being. You were a humble and yet immense character at one and the same time. You stayed true and dedicated to your work. Your legacy at the University of Pretoria will forever remain through the many contributions you made, both to the profession and the broader student community."

This tribute was added by Nikki La Maphanga on 9th October 2015

"Amanda's humble nature , smile and friendliness will remain forever with those who knew her. You are indeed gone too soon !!! May light shine bright in eternity and your soul find eternal rest.  May you rest in Peace"

This tribute was added by Ellen Mataboge on 8th October 2015

"Will always remember her smile.  You will forever be missed... Rest in peace Amanda..."

This tribute was added by Bianca King on 4th October 2015

"Dear Prof Minnaar

My sincere condolences to your family and husband, Francois. Both you and your husband were so very kind to me and I will always be very appreciative of that fact.

You profoundly touched my life....from helping me develope a passion for food science to moulding my character.What an absolute honour it was to have known you and be taught by you. I will be forever grateful for all that you wholeheartedly gave to me.

I will always remember you when I play my guitar. It is still painful to think that I will never be able to play with you again. However, I'll remember how you would happily sing and play "A thousand years" with me--one of your favourites. Thank you for sharing your love of music with me and instilling a strong attachment to guitar.

I will miss our chance encounters in the corridors and kitchen of the Food science department where, as usual, you would always inquire how *I* was...even though you were battling with something so much more extreme. I was always truly in awe of your selflessness and positivity. My hope is that during my life span I will embrace the same selflessness and positivity that you expressed so that your memory will always be remembered. RIP Prof Minnaar, I will sorely miss you..."

This tribute was added by zion Adetunji on 3rd October 2015

"My Tribute to Prof. Amanda Minaar.

Long ago on the Sand of time
Short again in the hour at hand.
The Volcano eruptes its thin and thick
Its horizon to all its kin and kith

Phases and Stages our races they say
Battle and hustle our game to play
Yonders and Wonders the Journey to claim.
Arena of struggle our might only lame.

Smiling for free, Minaar I see.
Mother to W'all, my world reveal
Forces inward, her crib is blis
Touching each one that come to see

Science Filled the mind,golden soul in mine
Blinking all its shines not just in While's
Dazzling through her world
Her action speakes the word
Fighter that I know,Minaar we salute your cause

Oh! Sting of Death, my minaar is gone
Huh!steal my pain,I rely on a God
Nick of time, the clue for our views
Live a cause for all to dream and swim

My mother, my mother minaar to God
My mother, my mother Minaar I call
My mother, my mother Adieu in all.

May her Golden soul rest in perfect Peace.


This tribute was added by Linda Van Reenen Botha on 3rd October 2015

"Amanda, ek het jou geken as `n liewe, saghartige, nederige mens wat besonder baie vir ander omgegee het. Ook as `n baie intelligente vrou met jou eie opinie, `n unieke persoonlikheid vol verrassende fasette, en `n wonderlike humorsin. ‘n Geselsmaat duisend, oor enige onderwerp – en sulke mense is dun gesaai. Ek het altyd vir almal vertel hoe lekker jy ons laat lag het op ons hike al daai jare gelede, met jou eiesoortige uitkyk op alles. Jy het jou eie spesiale blokkie in my 'mense-kombersie' gehad, daai kombersie waarmee mens jou toevou teen die lewe, en niks kan mos die gaatjies toemaak as daai blokkie weg is nie. Jy was die soort mens wat mens vir lank nie sou sien nie, en dan tel jy weer onmiddellik die drade op as jy by mekaar uitkom, en jy wonder elke keer hoekom jy dit nie meer gereeld doen nie. Ek gaan jou mis."

This tribute was added by Jessy Van Wyk on 2nd October 2015

"I will always remember her bright smile. With her, the saying "only the good die young" is absolutely true. Rest in Peace, Amanda"

This tribute was added by Sharon Bolel on 2nd October 2015

"Amanda  was such a positive, energetic person, with so many plans and dreams for the future; indeed an inspiration to all.
She was a master communicator, and reached out to others with humility, humour and a true desire for co-operation - and of course all underpinned by her vast knowledge and passion for her chosen field of interest and study – Food Science.
She will be sorely missed by all who knew her and benefitted from her. In my personal capacity, and also on behalf of the South African Association of the Flavour & Fragrance Industry (SAAFFI), I extend my heartfelt condolences to Amanda’s family, colleagues and friends.  
We will miss her enthusiastic, willing and capable involvement in our industry. Her positive and substantial contribution to the wider “Food Science World” remains as her legacy. May she rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Thuti Thaoge on 2nd October 2015

"My heartfelt condolences to Prof Minnaar's family and friends. I will always remember Prof Minnaar for her friendly personality and her caring nature.  May her soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Thuti Thaoge on 2nd October 2015

"My heartfelt condolences to Prof Minnaar's family and friends. I will always remember Prof Minnaar for her friendly personality and her caring nature.  May her soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Alice Mkanda on 2nd October 2015

"What an inspiration she had been to me.  Always encouraging, smiling and understanding the needs of her students. I will always remember the value she added to my life. She made me believe that it is possible to achieve one's heart's desires. 'Thank you Pro Minnaar for the days of your life. You will forever be remembered for lifting many people's lives."

This tribute was added by Karen Commerford on 2nd October 2015

"Amanda was a remarkable person with a heart of gold. She will truly be missed.I will never forget her.May she rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Koya Ange Dovi on 1st October 2015

"Prof Minnaar had a unique way to explain Food Science so easily with passion. In undergraduate, she would sum it up and say always think and explain 'what happens to the food from the farm to the plate'. And in postgraduate, when doing research, if one can clearly identify 'the state of the art at begining when introducing a problem statement and link it to the so what' then the rest you just have to go back explain what happen to the food as you are researching...These two concepts have forever been rooted in my mind!
One time I remember I was so stuck and she asks me do you believe in God? I said yes, then she told me go pray God can do this and it went exactly well! She believed the best in everyone and her beautiful smile asking how is one doing made our days!
You will be dearly missed but we know God has called you home and you are peacefully resting in His arm. We thank God for you and the blessing you have been to many of us."

This tribute was added by Delille Wessels on 1st October 2015

"May you rest in eternal peace. We all will miss your smile"

This tribute was added by Malory Links on 1st October 2015

"Prof Minnaar had such a way of relating academic knowledge to real life situations. It was clear that she not only cared about the "here and now" but also about one's future endeavors. During honors she spent a whole (micronisation) lecture "preaching" on the 7 Habits of highly effective people and about whats really important in life. That "lecture" was a life-changing (aahh-haa) moment for me who found my worth as an academic overachiever. After the pep-talk she jokingly said her family and friends called her "dominee Dippenaar" for her preaching tendencies. I remember how just 3 weeks ago you wished me the best at my new job with that unforgettable smile. I know you are safe in the arms of the Almighty."

This tribute was added by Dries Burger on 1st October 2015

"Ek het die voorreg gehad om so nou en dan `n tydjie saam met Amanda in die motor op pad na of vanaf die lughawe te spandeer. Deur al die gesprekke oor oppervlakkige en diep goed het dit my altyd opgeval dat sy, soos my ma altyd gesê het, `n "israeliet sonder bedrog is" Ek kon enige iets met haar bespreek en was altyd verseker van `n gebalanseerde opinie sonder enige vooroordeel. Sy was een in baie miljoene en ek sal altyd haar met vreugde onthou."

This tribute was added by Nkuntu Dladla on 1st October 2015

"She was one of a kind, a person who had an ear to listen to all the crazy stories when feeling down.  One who will try to get you to the right answer during honors oral exam.  You will be greatly missed. your work and smile says it all.  May your family be comforted in that you are resting with the Lord. Rest in Peace Prof."

This tribute was added by Yusuf Byaruhanga on 1st October 2015

"Amanda had an infectious smile and so much positive energy that she always warmly shared. She touched, encouraged and built many students at UP. My heartfelt condolences go to her family. May her soul rest in eternal peace."

This tribute was added by Sonya Buchner-Rech on 1st October 2015

"If only I had come to visit Amanda during my trip to SA in August then I could have told her this: Thank you for all your pep-talks that kept me going when I wanted to give up as an under-graduate. Thank you for telling me about CSIR as a career option - it shaped my career and I met my husband there. Thank you for mentoring, supporting and encouraging me during my post-graduate studies with those STUPID pears!. Thank you for being a friend and colleague during those EU project trips. Thank you for showing me that one can still have a full and exciting life even though you don't have children. Lastly, thank you for showing the love of Jesus where ever you went. You were such an example to follow. Your input shaped my life significantly and I am so sorry that I never told you. Much love. Sonya"

This tribute was added by Yves Kayijamahe on 30th September 2015

"Dear Prof. Amanda Minnaar you have been an inspiration to me, always caring and always there to make us smile. I remember the day u told me that: “Yves, you’re brilliant and you can do anything, you’re creative and you have many gifts inside you and I will help you to bring them out for you to be successful in life”. U opened up my eyes and my heart for the love of the science, I enjoyed every minute I spent with u. You'll be greatly missed and 4rever remembered, I guess the Angels are luckier than us to have you amongst them. May your Soul Rest In Peace."

This tribute was added by Hilda-Mart Mouton on 30th September 2015

"Amanda Minnaar has always been an inspiration to me, not only while I was a student, but ever since. I have never met a more knowledgeable person, and yet she was always so incredibly humble. Amanda will be sorely missed by all who knew her! May she rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Matthew Aijuka on 30th September 2015

"She always had your back during 'Research Day' especially the first couple ones before one had their feet on the ground :). She's one of the reasons I've pursued a career in research more specifically Food Science :). "We don't beat the reaper by living long,  we beat the reaper by living well. " Randy Pausch"

This tribute was added by John Feller on 30th September 2015

"Amanda's positivity, smile and caring nature endeared me to her over the many years that I got to know her. Every time that James and Elma spoke of Amanda it was with such immense pride and love, not only for her considerable academic achievements but also for her tremendous empathy. Amanda left us far too soon and we are poorer for it. May she rest in peace."

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