Tshepo Motsepe-Ramaphosa, what you need to know about the First Lady of South Africa
Dr Tshepo Motsepe- Ramaphosa, wife of President Cyril Ramaphosa and the first lady of South Africa, is not so popular on the social scenes. Not many South Africans know her or know of her and there could be many reasons why.
Dr Motsepe- Ramaphosa married President Ramaphosa back in 1996 and have four children together. Since becoming President, Mrs Ramaphosa has made very few public appearances, with most being besides her Husband during the opening of parliament in recent years.
Motsepe- Motsepe was born in 1953 and is a qualified physician and a businesswoman.
Born in Soweto and raised in the rural villages of Mathibestad near Hammanskraal and her ancestral home, Mmakau in the North West province, Dr Motsepe is the eldest of seven siblings. She is older sister to Bridget Radebe, the wife of former minister of energy Jeff Radebe, and mining mogul, Dr Patrice Motsepe.
She studied as a medical doctor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and completed her masters in public health at Harvard School of Public Health. In 2012, she completed a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (SECP) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She is the current chairperson of the African Self Help Trust (ASHA Trust), focusing on Early Childhood Development and Education.
She has worked in both public and private practice in Mmakau, Mahikeng, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and in Zimbabwe. She's a former Deputy Director of The Reproductive Health Research Institute.
In her daily work, Dr Motsepe is guided by the conviction that “economic and social development is a pre-requisite for communities to lead socially and economically productive lives’” as stated in the World Health Organisation’s Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978.
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