Meet Tshepo Motsepe, South Africa’s new first lady.
Tshepo Motsepe has just become the First Lady of South Africa as the wife of Cyril Ramaphosa, the newly elected President of South Africa and we cannot be more thankful for such an incredible representative.
Motsepe is the embodiment of what a First Lady should be, she is committed to her family, and to serving the public.
We found 6 incredibly interesting facts about our new First Lady which will not only make you proud of her, but completely feel proudly South African too!
1) She graduated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has some seriously impressive qualifications to her name.
She became a MEDICAL DOCTOR, by gaining her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery).
Over the years, she has worked in both private practice in (Mmakau Village and Pretoria CBD). She worked in hospitals in South Africa (Bophela Hospital, Mahikeng and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto and Zimbabwe (Mutare, Chinoyi, Harare and Parirenyatwa Hospitals). She’s also a former Deputy Director of The Reproductive Health Research Institute.
2) She also graduated from Harvard!
She completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal Child Health and Aging at the Harvard School of Public Health!
3) Success in her family!
She has a well-connected business network and the Motsepe family are surrounded by success. Mrs Ramaphosa is the older sister of South Africa’s first black billionaire, Patrice Motsepe.
Her sister Bridgette Radebe is married to Minister Jeff Radebe.
4) She plays a key role in our children’s education.
SA’s First Lady has been involved with a number of non-profit organisations, many of which aim to help our young kids in their studies.
In 2012, she completed a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (SECP) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She is the current chairperson of the African Self Help Trust (ASHA Trust), focusing on Early Childhood Development and Education.
Her services outside of medical practice include: Non-executive director – Wits Health Consortium and Wits Hospice Patron – South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) Served as Chairperson of Gauteng Health Department’s Accreditation Committee Patron – Students Sponsorship Program (SSP) Former board member Vaal Reefs Disaster Trust Former board member Kids Haven Foundation Former Membership – National Medical and Dental Association.
5) Tshepo is not one for the spotlight!
She’s a very private and secretive person… and that’s about it, really.
Despite her new role, Tshepo Motsepe will be able to seek refuge from media attention in her house in Fresnaye.
6) Mrs Ramaphosa has the capacity for FORGIVENESS that has kept her family together!!
They have three children. Sons Andile and Tumelo Ramaphosa have stayed away from public attention. But even less is known about their daughter. It seems like privacy is paramount – and achievable – even in a climate like this.