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Celebrity Chef Sisters, Fatima and Gadija Sydow, Remain Hopeful Amid Health Battles

Published September 21, 2023
8 months ago

A wave of challenges crashed over Fatima and Gadija Sydow, Cape Town's beloved sister-chef duo, over the past two years. Their inspiring fortitude, however, continues to buoy their myriad fans.



In an exclusive engagement, Independent Media Lifestyle visited Gadija at her residence in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. Engulfed in the delightful scent of freshly baked biscuits, Gadija shared her journey of recovery following a stroke in February 2022 that compromised her mobility.


As the co-star of the TV show "Kaap Kerrie en Koeksisters" alongside Fatima, Gadija also curates a popular cooking vlog "Gaja Cooks". After an arduous 18-month rehabilitation process, Gadija's recovery has instilled in her a newfound appreciation for life's simple tasks, such as hanging laundry. This recovery period, she says, taught her to embrace vulnerability and fortified her mental resilience.



Meanwhile, Fatima has been battling soft-tissue cancer diagnosed in December 2020. The culinary bond between the twins hasn't faded; Gadija maintains a strong connection, sharing her sister's optimism. Fatima's health is reportedly improving, a beacon of hope fueled by the generous contributions made to her BackaBuddy financial aid campaign.


The sisters' physical and emotional symbiosis extends beyond the kitchen, with Gadija describing their unspoken understanding as a "sixth sense". Despite having to halt filming their TV show after Fatima was diagnosed with cancer, the duo leverages their united strength to continue creating content for their online audience and YouTube channels.


Expressing hope for Fatima's continued recovery and future cookbook project following her recent release, "My Story My Heritage", Gadija extends heartfelt gratitude to their followers for their relentless support.


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