- Maite Nkoana-Mashabane graduated with a master's degree in diplomatic studies
- She is the former minister of international relations and current minister of rural development
- Her thesis focused on South Africa's global position as a middle power
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform, graduated with a master's degree in diplomatic studies on 5 September.
Nkoana-Mashabane obtained her degree from the University of Pretoria, Daily Sun reports. She is the immediate former minister of International Relations and Cooperation.
The University of Pretoria posted a photo of a beaming Nkoana-Mashabane receiving her qualification on its Twitter page.
Briefly.co.za understands that her thesis focused on South Africa's global position and influence as a middle power. The minister explained:
I explored the status of South Africa as a middle power and considered whether this status, as well as its leadership role on the continent, influenced its approach to human rights.
Social media users across South Africa were quick to congratulate Nkoana-Mashabane for her achievement.
The minister is the latest in a long line of politicians who, despite their busy schedules, still find time to pursue higher qualifications.
Briefly.co.za recently covered the story of Godrch Gardee, EFF's Secretary-General, obtaining an LLB from the University of South Africa.
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